FILE PHOTO: Soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad forces are deployed at Al-Qadam area near Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria April 29, 2018. REUTERS/ Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian troops fought Sunday to crush the last pockets of resistance by Daesh (ISIS) militants trapped in an enclave south of Damascus, state media said, denying a report that militants had begun leaving in a withdrawal agreement.Swaths of territory at the borders with Iraq, Turkey and Jordan, however, remain outside state control.Syrian government forces and their allies have been battling to recover the enclave south of Damascus since defeating rebels in Eastern Ghouta, also near the capital, in April.The month-long battles have been the toughest fought by the Syrian army and its allied forces this year against opposition forces in pockets around the capital, defense experts say.It has used force to defend the territory from pro-Assad forces.Observatory head Rami Abdel-Rahman said there may be casualties from nationalities other than Syria, as fighters from Iran and Hezbollah were deployed there.But a joint operations room of Syria's regional allies denied any of their forces had been killed in the explosions.
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