Takfiri Militants Pull Out of Their Last Stronghold in Central Syria

Syrians civilians evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta enclave pass with belongings through the regime-controlled corridor opened by government forces in Hawsh al-Ashaari east of the enclave town of Hamouria on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March

Syria's military said Wednesday it has restored government control over a large area in central Syria, securing a power station, a refinery and a cement factory after uprooting the armed opposition.

On May 2, the Syrian regime and opposition groups agreed to a cease-fire in the Homs province's northern countryside.

Units from the Syrian Army and other government forces have been looking to build on their impressive territorial gains in Damascus' East Ghouta region, via operation Damascus Steel, and are continuing to oust Daesh* terrorists from their remaining positions in south Damascus.

Nearby towns and villages in the areas of Talbiseh and al-Hula were also evacuated, according to the official SANA news agency and the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Opposition fighters and their families there began leaving the areas around a week before following a deal reached with the government.

A small pocket in southern Homs province, near the border with Iraq, is controlled by US -backed rebels.

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The Assad government has now completely regained control over central Syria.

"As of today, there is not one gunman left, no weapons left in the whole of Homs province", said Talal Barazai, the province's governor.

He highlighted in particular that the notorious military successes and the evacuation of the radicals of both territories allow the reopening of the Homs-Hama global highway, which links south Syria with the center and north of this Arab territory.

This latest victory over hardline Islamist militants, who have plagued Syria for over six years, was hailed by the Syrian Army General Command as a highly strategic victory.

With Iranian and Russian support, the Syrian government has reconquered swathes of territory it lost following the outbreak of the conflict in 2011.

Since February, the Syrian army, backed by Russian Federation, has been engaged in a major push to rid Damascus and the surrounding areas of terrorist groups.

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