May 21, 2018 / 1:19 PM / 6 months ago

Syrian army says Damascus and surroundings fully secure

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said the capital Damascus and its surroundings were fully secure after the army cleared the last insurgent-held area around the capital of Islamic State fighters on Monday.

“Damascus and its surroundings and Damascus countryside and its villages are completely secure areas,” the army high command said in a televised statement, adding that the army would continue to fight “terrorism” across Syria.

Reporting by Ellen Francis and Lisa Barrington; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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