Takfiri Militants Ready to Quit Enclave Northeast of Damascus: Report
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Foreign-backed militants have agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey, a report said.
There was no immediate comment from the terrorists in the eastern Qalamoun pocket of territory northeast of Damascus.
Syrian forces are seeking to recover control of the last few rebel enclaves near Damascus, building on momentum from the defeat of the insurgency in the eastern Ghouta, the last major opposition stronghold near the capital.
The eastern Qalamoun area is 40 km (25 miles) from Damascus and includes several towns in an expanse of mountainous territory.
State TV said 3,200 militants and their families were expected to leave the area in preparation for them to be transported to Idlib and Jarablus, a rebel-held territory at the border with Turkey, according to Reuters.
The Syrian military and its allies meanwhile pressed the bombardment of a besieged enclave south of Damascus. State TV footage showed clouds of smoke rising from the al-Hajar al-Aswad district, part of an enclave held by Takfiri groups.
The conquest of eastern Qalamoun and the enclave south of Damascus will leave just one remaining besieged rebel enclave, north of the city of Homs.