Assad remains strong, eastern Ghouta falls

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The General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces has announced that Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus Countryside is now completely terrorism-free following two months of operations in the region.

The fast-moving events that have transpired in the days since suggest a certain degree of coordination and prior choreographing between the USA and its allies, with Russian Federation even going as far as saying that what happened in Douma is nothing more than a provocation meant to invent the pretext for launching conventional military strikes against Syria, something that Moscow ominously warned could lead to "grave repercussions".

President Bashar al-Assad's government forces said in a statement that "all terrorists have left Douma".

Russian Federation says Syrian forces have taken full control of Eastern Ghouta, as one of the most intensive military operations in the country's seven-year war nears an end.

The Syrian authorities and allied forces launched an enormous assault on February 18 to retake the enclave, which had been out of regime management since 2012.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, at least 1,700 civilians have been killed in bombardment on the enclave in eight weeks.

America, France and Britain responded Saturday with pre-dawn strikes on alleged regime chemical weapons websites.

Nearly exactly one year to the date of 2017's purported Khan Shaykhun chemical weapons attack, a near-identical incident has now taken place outside of Damascus, with the suspicious circumstances and timing of this disputed event raising questions about who wanted it to supposedly happen and why. The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marks a major victory for Assad.

"Engineering models are beginning to clear the mines and explosives sewn by the terrorists within the city to permit the remainder of the models to safe the liberated areas and put together them for the return of civilians to their houses", the military spokesman stated.

Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, head of Russia's Reconciliation Center for Syria, said that 3,976 militants left Douma by bus on Friday.

The report showed people waving Syrian flags, alongside those of Iran and Russia- the main allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad during years of the country's conflict - in the face of what many called "limited" or even "failed" strikes created to punish Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.

Thousands of civilians who fled the offensive have already returned to areas previously retaken by the army and allied forces.

The 2-month assault on Jap Ghouta sparked a global outcry, with the pinnacle of the United Nations describing the circumstances endured by civilians there as "hell on Earth".