The Syrian army cleared the settlement of Hajr al-Aswad, the last bastion of the Islamic State terrorist organization in a suburb of Damascus. On Monday, May 21, write RIA Novosti.
According to an unnamed Syrian army assault officer, government forces from the Yarmouk refugee camp and the southern suburbs of Damascus joined in Al-Hajr al-Aswad, crushing the last hotbeds of terrorist resistance.
Thus, for the first time since 2011, Damascus has become a completely peaceful city; there is no fighting going on there.
Earlier it became known that ISIS fighters killed dozens of soldiers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and captured the area of the capital of Damascus. Before that, it was reported that in Syria more than 100 people were killed in two days in the suburb of Damascus East Guta.
Details of the liquidation of Russian mercenaries in Syria
The United States has repeatedly warned Russia about the preparation of an attack on the government forces of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, with whom were also the mercenaries of the Wagner PMC.
It is reported by The New York Times with reference to interviews and documents that were in the possession of the publication.
It is noted that the Americans pulled together military personnel, vehicles and military equipment for a week, and warned Russia about this, in response to which they received statements that the Kremlin had no forces near the Efrat River, despite the fact that they regularly heard the Russian language in the radio interception data.
According to the Pentagon, Assad was supported by local militias and the military, while, according to intelligence, most of the battalions belonged to the PMCs of the Russian Federation, probably the Wagner group. However, Russia assured the United States that these people had nothing to do with it, after which the Pentagon chief Jim Mattis gave the order for destruction, as a result of which 200-300 people died, including “dozens” of Russians.