In Pictures: Islamist rebels surrender new city north of Damascus to the Syrian Army


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On Friday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) officially restored control over Al-Tall city after lengthy negotiations resulted in the departure of all Islamist fighters to the Idlib governorate.

With the SAA moving ever closer to securing the Syrian capital, a total of 46 busses escorted some 1850 fighters from Al-Tall to the Jaysh al-Fateh heartland in northwestern Syria. The militants are granted safe passage to bypass Syrian checkpoints and are set to arrive on Friday evening.

Al-Tall is located little more than 5 kilometers north of Damascus but has been under truce for several years similar to many other Damascus suburbs.

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A few days ago, rebel forces also evacuated the entire West Ghouta pocket, thereby surrendering control of Khan al-Shieh and a handful of villages to the SAA.