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Syria rebels give up Ghouta, in major win for regime

Rebels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons, while their leader left the enclave, signalling the end of one of the bloodiest battles of Syria's seven-year Civil War. The Syrian flag was raised above the central mosque in Douma, the site of an alleged chemical attack that sparked outrage and threats of Western military action.
US President Donald Trump was mulling his options, and British Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency cabinet meeting, as the Syrian army braced for Western strikes, hiding assets and deserting key buildings.
Nevertheless, the rebels the Syrian regime forces battled, since the launch of a blistering offensive in mid-February, no longer appeared in a position to fight back.

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