Damascus fully liberated: Motivation and challenge

Damascus fully liberated: Motivation and challenge

NDO – The Syrian capital of Damascus has been fully liberated after more than seven years of civil war, following the exit of the last militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). The Syrian army has been going ahead with campaigns in order to completely liberate the entire Syrian territory. However, the development of the Syrian crisis remains complicated and poses potential threats to security of the capital region.  (May 24, 2018)

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