Syrian army declares victory in Eastern Ghouta

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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.

Russian Federation and Syria resumed bombardment of the Douma area when talks for Jaish al-Islam's evacuation sputtered last week, culminating in an alleged chemical strike on Saturday.

Jaish al-Islam is the group that controlled Douma, the main city in eastern Ghouta and the last area in the onetime rebel enclave that regime and allied forces have not fully retaken.

The announcement comes after a massive assault launched by Syrian government and allied forces on February 18 to retake the enclave, which had been out of regime control since 2012.

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights, a British-based war monitoring group, says the campaign killed more than 1,600 civilians.

Syrian TV showed police waving Syrian flags apparently on the edge of the town just east of Damascus, and said the "terrorist presence" in Douma will end "in a few hours".

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.

Given that the recent flare-up in Syria is attributable to this disputed chemical weapons attack that may or may not have taken place outside of the capital last weekend, it's fitting to rewind everything a bit and ask the obvious question of who would want such an attack and why.

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On Saturday, a fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus.

President Bashar al-Assad had made the reconquest of Eastern Ghouta a strategic goal.

"Punishing the instrument of the crime whereas maintaining the legal - a farce", wrote Mohammad Alloush, a key member of Jaish al-Islam.

The last convoy of buses transporting members of the Islamist group Jaish al-Islam and their relatives left Douma yesterday.

Syria and Russian Federation have each denied utilizing chemical weapons and stated the claims had been fabrications used to justify Western army motion.

"Engineering units are starting to clear the mines and explosives sewn by the terrorists in the town to allow the rest of the units to secure the liberated areas and prepare them for the return of civilians to their homes", the army spokesman said.

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".