DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:40 P.M.) – The Islamist rebels officially surrendered both the Hamah and Qudsiyah suburbs of Damascus to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Friday morning.

This move comes just two weeks after the civilians in both Hamah and Qudsiyah protested the rebel factions that refused to reconcile with the Syrian Arab Army to bring an end to the violence plaguing these suburbs.

Pressured to negotiate by the civilian populous, the Islamist rebels agreed to leave the suburbs in exchange for transportation to the Idlib Governorate.

On Friday, the agreement was implemented, with over 1,200 Islamist rebels and their families being transported by the Syrian government to their requested destinations.

The overwhelming majority of civilians in Qudsiyah and Hamah remained in their homes, accepting the Syrian Arab Army’s control over these suburbs.

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1200…. Look at what the 700 from Darayya caused in Hama, they got near the gates of Hama city!! Imagine what will be the result of this 1200, that were surrounded, outnumbered, could not be resupplied. This is a very bad move.

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Also why does it say that I’m a “newbie”?? I’m a seasoned Masdarian!

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Are you playing armchair general?

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That term implies woeful ignorance from someone that doesn’t know what he’s talking about, so it doesn’t apply to me. Like I said, the Darayya rebels were sent to Idlib and very shortly after were directly involved, even spearheading, a major assault. Almost double that number would result in a far worse situation, that’s basic maths. As for not deciding to take the villages by force, like I said, they were massively outnumbered, had no chance of getting reinforcements, guns, ammo, didn’t even have the support of the population, the SAA could’ve easily taken them, without the trouble the rebels… Read more »

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I meant no disrespect, since we are on the same side. Armchair generals can be knowledgeable. What I meant was that the generals are looking at the whole country, taking into account not only the current balance of forces but the balance of forces that will result from decision X or Y on their part and on the part of the enemy. They could be thinking: we need these forces somewhere else, so let’s pacify this area now and defeat the terrorists later, when we concentrate on Idlib. Just a suggestion.