A woman is seen at a balcony in Moadamiya, in Damascus, Syria July 23, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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After fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad for six years, rebel soldier Abu Mohammed laid down his arms as part of a peace deal in his hometown of Moadamiya last year. But he has now fled Syria into Turkey. The government has given safe passage to thousands of rebels and civilians out of government-held territory under the deals.After crushing centres of rebellion in western Syria, the Syrian government has brokered agreements with many areas that were once in the hands of rebel fighters.The Syrian military has long been seen as overstretched in the war, leaving the government heavily dependent on Iran-backed Shiite militia allies from across the region in its fight against rebel areas in western Syria and Daesh militants to the east. The former rebels fear being sent as cannon fodder. Damascus denied any role.The local agreement for the area resulted in hundreds of rebel fighters and their families being evacuated to Idlib.
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