In this Monday, April 16, 2018 photo, man walks just meters away from where the alleged chemical weapons attack occurred in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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The Syrian government took control of a town northeast of Damascus Thursday after rebels evacuated to north Syria -- the latest in a string of handovers by rebels to the government.The Jaish al-Islam rebels in Dumayr followed their companions belonging to the same group from Douma to Jarablus, a town in north Syria shared between Turkish and Syrian opposition control.The bruising offensives have displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, and tens of thousands more choose to leave to north Syria than to submit again to the government and be conscripted by the military.The attack prompted the United States, France and Britain to strike at suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities. The three countries said they held the Syrian government and its ally Russia responsible.Jaish al-Islam, which controlled Douma at the time of the attack, surrendered the town to the government days later.Also on Thursday, neighboring Iraq launched airstrikes inside Syria targeting militants from the Islamic State group.
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