Russia-brokered deal would pave way for government forces to retake rest of Syrian enclave

The key rebel group in the last significant centre of resistance in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta has reportedly struck a deal for fighters and civilians to leave, in what would be a major victory for Bashar al-Assad.

According to media and sources allied with the Assad regime, a deal brokered by Russia – Assad’s main supporter – will allow fighters from Jaish al-Islam to leave the town of Douma, paving the way for government forces to retake the rest of the one-time rebel enclave on the outskirts of the Syrian capital.

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