BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has not yet entered the strategic town of Douma in the East Ghouta region, the military reported this afternoon.

Despite some reports claiming the army had entered Douma, the Syrian military claimed they will not enter until Jaysh Al-Islam gives them the locations of all tunnels and explosives inside the town.

Jaysh Al-Islam agreed to give the Syrian military this information, but will wait until their last fighters load the buses for northern Syria before they give them the locations.

Another key component to the  reconciliation deal is the Syrian Army will only temporarily enter Douma, which is very similar to the other deals in the East Ghouta region.

The purpose of this deal was to assure the rebels in the East Ghouta that the government was committed to reconciliation.

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Amos Yee
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Huh?

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This does not make any sense at all. What reconciliation is the Syrian army talking about!!!??? Does this mean Jaish al-Islam still controls Douma? I sense Russian back-stabbing here.

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The purpose is peace not the chance for a which hunt.
Russian guarantors will patrol the streets of Douma.

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Agree. And, SAA doesn’t want to give the investigators the excuse of having messed with evidences: some doctors in Ghouta (White Helmets aligned) have hinted they feel “intimidated” into freely speaking with inspectors by the SAA’s presence.
The thing of not revealing tunnels and IED’s stays obscure, though. How do they retaliate if JaI ends up *not* giving the infos, once evacuated?