Beirut (AFP) – Syrian regime forces resumed Tloul al-Safa on Saturday, the Islamic State group’s (IS) final pocket, located on the border between Damascus and the southern province of Soueida, reported an NGO.
“The regime’s forces now control this region after the withdrawal of IS fighters east into the Badiya (desert) after several weeks of encirclement and intensive bombing,” the report said. AFP the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), Rami Abdel Rahman.
According to him, between 700 and 1,000 jihadists would have left the latter reduced to the end of “an agreement with the regime” (Syrian)
The official Sana news agency reported “significant progress in Tloul al-Safa”, where the armed forces “control the remaining areas of the terrorists (…) and continue raking the liberated areas”.
This new breakthrough of the regime, which links military victories against rebels and jihadists since the beginning of the year and now controls two-thirds of Syrian territory, comes nearly four months after the launch of a major offensive to dislodge ISIS. this southern area.
The operation was triggered after the series of coordinated attacks on 25 July by the IS and the simultaneous abduction of some 30 civilians, mostly women and children, belonging to the country’s Druze minority.
These attacks left more than 260 dead, one of the heaviest reports against this religious community since the beginning of the war.
On 8 November, the authorities announced the release of all the hostages by the army, following tough negotiations with ISIS.