Rebels killed at least 28 Syrian government and allied forces soldiers near Damascus on Thursday, according to Reuters.
“The Britain-based war monitor said a large number of fighters, including officers, had been killed or injured as they tried to advance into the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. It said the death toll was likely to rise,” the media informs.
As it was reported earlier, US President Donald Trump on Thursday opted to end a covert CIA program introduced by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that armed and trained Syrian rebels battling the government of pro-Russian dictator Bashar al-Assad. White House officials said the program's closure is a reflection of Trump’s desire to closely align with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as a major threat to its interests in the Middle East. The officials said Trump hopes closer cooperation between the Kremlin and the White House will help end a six-year civil war that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives.