Last rebel group leaves

BEIRUT – The last Syrian rebel group in eastern Ghouta near Damascus began withdrawing on Monday under an agreement with the government, state media said, though a military source said a group of insurgents were still rejecting the deal.

Jaish al-Islam, which has been defending the eastern Ghouta town of Douma against a ferocious onslaught by Russian-backed Syrian government forces,

has not confirmed the agreement with the government. If confirmed, the departure of Jaish al-Islam from Douma would mark the end of the war for eastern Ghouta.