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#UPDATE Syria's army vows to finish off last Ghouta rebels

#UPDATE Syria's army vows to finish off last Ghouta rebels

Syria's army Saturday promised to finish off rebels in a final holdout of the crumbling opposition bastion of Eastern Ghouta where talks on a possible evacuation deal have stalled. The army said it would press "fighting in the area of Douma to rid it of terrorism", referring to rebels in a final pocket comprising the former bastion's main town. The announcement came shortly after state media said a penultimate pocket of Eastern Ghouta was "empty of terrorism" after tens of thousands were bussed out of it under an evacuation deal. Thousands more were also evacuated from a first pocket under a similar deal last week, but Russia-backed talks have stalled over a possible evacuation of fighters and civilians from Douma. Jaish al-Islam, the rebel group that controls Douma, has refused to leave. With the latest evacuations, Russia-backed regime forces have retaken 95 percent of E...

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