"Given the speed of the movements on the ground it really was a Hail Mary operation", he said.
Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.
Afghan Vice President Dostum returns after year in Turkey
The day after his arrest, protestors took to the streets across the region calling for Qaisari's release and Dostum's return. Dostum had been undergoing medical treatment in Turkey, was now well and would resume work, the spokesman added.
Some 422 people, including women and children, crossed from Syria into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights before travelling on into Jordan - an nearly unprecedented display of military and diplomatic co-operation between Israel and an Arab state.
Those successfully evacuated included about 100 White Helmets, with the rest family members. Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups have also been involved in the fighting but have mainly been driven from their strongholds. "Help us and save our lives".
On Sunday, Jeremy Hunt, Britain's new foreign secretary, who recently replaced Boris Johnson, took to Twitter to trumpet the evacuation: "Fantastic news that we - United Kingdom and friends - have secured evacuation of White Helmets and their families. We therefore took steps with the aim of affording that protection to as numerous volunteers and their families as possible".
This included a number trapped between the border with the Golan Heights and advancing Russia-backed regime troops. Many have amassed near sealed borders with Israel and Jordan, and are surviving high desert temperatures with little more than a tent or informal shelter for protection.
Numerous fighters surrendered under Russian-brokered deals and were transported to rebel-held areas in the north of the country. These are people that saved lives and were found in life-threatening danger.
The group, which often publish dramatic videos of themselves digging civilians out of rubble, has been lauded for their heroism but have also been criticized by supporters of Syria's government and its ally Russian Federation, who accuse them of being a front group for Al-Qaeda or acting in Western interests.
The rescue workers and their families who evacuated to Jordan will now be resettled overseas. They operate mostly in rebel-held territory where almost all civil services have collapsed.
The German, locked in a yo-yo duel with Hamilton to be the first to claim a fifth title, was leading when he slid off in the rain. He was forced out of qualifying after a hydraulics failure, and could only watch as Sebastian Vettel took pole; he started 14th.
She was said to have been furious - and called her 97-year-old husband to discuss what they could do to combat fake news. An official picture has been released to mark Prince George's fifth birthday - showing a happy and confident little boy.
Quatorze personnes ont été touchées lors d'une fusillade hier soir à Toronto , la métropole économique canadienne . Pour le maire, la fusillade de dimanche soir témoigne du fait que sa ville a "un problème d'armes à feu".
McDonald's said it stopped selling salads at impacted restaurants "until we can switch to another lettuce blend supplier". According to the FDA, cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic parasite of humans.
Alors qu'il s'épanouit loin des médias tout au long de l'année, ces derniers mois ont été chargés pour le prince George. Pour l'occasion, le Palais de Kensington a publié une nouvelle photo du bambin arborant un incroyable sourire.
Tommy Fleetwood , he of the shoulder length mop and blazing eyes, lit up Angus with the kind of golf that transforms landscapes. That Fleetwood hadn't even considered shooting such a low score was, he says, "an indication of how good it was".
J.C. posted a photo of her mother alongside her 3rd Rock From the Sun castmates celebrating their 100-episode milestone. Elmarie is also known for voicing Aunt Grizelda in The Lorax as well as Gina Sorenstam in George Lopez .
Un enfant de 3 ans attaqué à l'acide en Grande-Bretagne
Les attaques à l'acide de sont multipliées au Royaume-Unis, et particulièrement à Londres, ces dernières années. Le chef du conseil municipal de Worcester, Marc Bayliss, a qualifié l'attaque d'acte de "pure méchanceté".
Francesco Molinari wins The Open to claim maiden Major
It felt like old times at the British Open, as familiar as his Sunday red shirt and the swarm of fans that cheered his every shot. Pitching back to the fairway instead of going for the green? Playing a safe shot from behind the 11th green? "He's healthy.
Sergio Marchionne hospitalisé à Zurich - Auto
Depuis l'an dernier, il se retrouve aussi souvent sur les tabloïds en raison de sa liaison avec la top model Naomi Campbell. Selon Morgan Stanley, Jeep devrait d'ailleurs représenter à lui seul près de 70% des profits de FCA cette année.