Amid missile strikes from the US led forces, the Syrian Army has declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta.
This is after what they claimed to be a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave just on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
The Syrian regime’s announcement represents a key strategic victory for President Bashar al-Assad.
Assad it may be mentioned is supported by Russia and Iran.
The US and allies carried out strikes against Syrian government targets in response to a suspected chemical attack on the enclave’s main town of Douma.
It was at the start of the year that the Eastern Ghouta was a sprawling semi-rural area just east of Damascus.
But as the year progressed, the home to almost 400,000 inhabitants came under siege with severe crisis to food, medicine and other goods.
The Syrian government and allied forces launched a massive assault on 18 February to retake the enclave.>