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The Syrian Government Has Regained Control Of Its Capital City

The Syrian government announced Monday that its military had driven what it calls "armed terrorists" out of Damascus.
Posted at 8:24 AM, May 22, 2018

The Syrian government has regained full control of its capital city for the first time in seven years.

According to a statement released Monday, the Syrian military has driven what it calls "armed terrorists" out of the last rebel-held parts of Damascus and surrounding areas.

The statement read in part, "Damascus and its environs and villages and towns are completely safe areas and a threat to terrorism and its sponsors."

There are conflicting reports about what happened, though. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group, said the Syrian government made a deal with the remaining militants to leave the area. 

But the government reportedly denied making that deal. Syrian state media reported there was a temporary ceasefire so women, children and the elderly could evacuate. 

Monday's announcement comes after weeks of fighting and heavy casualties in the area.