BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – The first batch of militants and their families have departed from the Al-Qaboun District in eastern Damascus, local journalists reported in the capital city reported this morning.

At least 50 militants and their families have left Al-Qaboun so far and another 250 are expected to leave later today, as the Syrian government takes control of this district for the first time since late 2011.

Both Al-Qaboun and Tishreen have long been under the control of the jihadist rebels; these districts played an integral role in the latter’s battle against the Syrian Arab Army in the eastern sector of Damascus City.

With the surrender of Al-Qaboun and Tishreen by the jihadist rebels on Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army can now turn their attention to the Jobar District, where they have been engaged in a fierce battle for more than five years.

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Syrian army did a lot of fighting in Al-Qaboun in 2013. In Al-Qaboun 2013 the army greatly outnumbered the rebels in manpower and weaponry and armour, but the army failed and failed and failed to win. It was a war zone with no civilians. The army drove out the rebels from much of Al-Qaboun several times in 2013, but the rebels soon went back and re-occupied the area again. The army did not have the resources to prevent them from going back, nor the resources to inflict heavy casualties on them when they were there. ANNA News, embedded with the… Read more »

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In connection with the observed decline in the determination of the rebels since September 2016, here’s a quote from Bashar Assad in an interview dated 14 December 2016: “The army was of course affected in terms of manpower and equipment, but this is not everything on the battlefield. You have the morale and the determination. Despite all the losses, we are advancing in Aleppo, and Syrian soldiers are fighting more ferociously. This, then, is not linked to the losses but first of all to acquiring greater determination to achieve victory, determination to defend their homeland. This determination is growing today.… Read more »