Syria says capital is free of militants after defeat of IS

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s military said Monday it has retaken the last neighborhoods in southern Damascus held by the Islamic State group and declared the Syrian capital and its surroundings “completely safe” from militants for the first time in nearly seven years.

Reading an army statement on Syrian TV, Gen. Ali Mayhoub said the army captured the former IS strongholds in the Palestinian Yarmouk camp and Hajar al-Aswad after a monthlong campaign. He said the army operations were “concentrated and successive,” leading to the extremists’ defeat in the city.

The gains by President Bashar Assad’s troops bring greater Damascus — including the capital’s far-flung suburbs — fully under government control for the first time since the civil war began in 2011.

“Damascus and its surroundings are completely secure,” Mayhoub said.

State TV earlier said that government forces resumed an offensive at noon after a group of civilians was evacuated from the area overnight. Two hours later, the TV said troops captured IS’ former stronghold of Hajar al-Aswad and broadcast images showing troops waving the Syrian national flag in the heavily destroyed neighborhood.

A war monitoring group said some 1,600 people, including hundreds of IS gunmen, left the area on Saturday and Sunday, heading toward the desert east of the country following a deal with the government. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces are now clearing the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, a built-up residential area, of the last remaining IS fighters. It said the month of fighting left scores of dead on both sides.


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hmmm, so Damascus is under Assad's control, meaning an increased Russian and Iranian presence, and the Isis lot have moved east for the time being. The weak, elderly and children who couldn't get out of the way fast enough are dead at the hands of their own government. And Iran and Russia are more firmly entrenched in Syria than ever.

We continue to move towards Ez 38. I'm interested that Syria doesn't seem to play a role in the invasion though, and there is that Isaiah 17 prophecy of the destruction of Damascus to think about.

Something's going to go terribly wrong here at some point and Damascus will be destroyed to the point that Syria is not even mentioned as taking part in that battle, in spite of the fact that the invasion must pass thru Syria to invade the mountains of Israel where they die. Syria doesn't contribute anything to that invasion. Other than being trampled underfoot by the invaders making their way into Israel.