ISIS Loses Ground to Syrian Rebels in Damascus Vicinity

ISIS Loses Ground to Syrian Rebels in Damascus Vicinity
Sun Nov 6, 2016 09:32:31

Subsequent to clashes with ISIS terror group, the Syrian armed opposition on Sunday captured new areas in the vicinity of the capital Damascus.

Clashes broke out between ISIS and Syrian rebel groups in the Eastern Qalamoun District of Damascus countryside, after the latter launched an offensive on ISIS’ positions in the area.

“Rebel fighters hit ISIS positions with mortar shells and heavy artillery, killing and wounding a number of the group’s militants,” media activist Louay al-Amer told ARA News in Damascus.

According to rebel source, fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) seized control of three ISIS security checkpoints in the Eastern Qalamoun District.

At least seven ISIS militants and four rebel fighters were killed in the clashes.

“This progress was a result of a strategic operation by the rebel forces against Daesh terrorists,” rebel spokesman Khaled Abdulrahman told ARA News, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

“ISIS has been trying to expand its areas of control in Damascus suburb, but our forces won’t allow this terrorist group to make any gains. Soon they’ll be expelled from the entire province,” the rebel official said.

On October 23, ISIS threatened to invade Damascus, Syria’s capital city. ISIS said that their invasion was imminent and vowed to strike at Syrian security forces and the armed opposition.

“Fighters of the Caliphate are preparing to enter the heart of al-Sham [Damascus],” the terrorist group said in a statement. In the same statement, ISIS promised to apply the ISIS puritanical interpretation of Sharia law throughout the capital.

ISIS has been in control of a residential block in southern Damascus since it drove out al-Qaeda-splinter group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and allied rebel factions, in April 2015. Jahbat Fateh al-Sham was previously known as Jabhat al-Nusra.

Al-Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood is believed to be the ISIS primary staging area. Their militants also control the nearby Yarmouk and Tadamun districts.

ISIS has accused the rebel groups in Damascus of working on behalf of Assad’s government and being apostates.

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