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Islamic State captures 2 neighborhoods south of Damascus

Islamic State captures 2 neighborhoods south of Damascus
Islamic State militants in Hajar Aswad area.

Damascus (Syria News) The self-proclaimed Islamic State group, on Saturday, captured two neighborhoods in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, during its battles against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) militia.

The IS-owned media arm “Amaq” reported that the group’s militants have imposed their control over the neighborhoods of Million and Mashrou’ in Yarmouk Camp, after confrontations against HTS militia, resulting in the killing of five leaders.

Meanwhile, media sources affirmed the advance of the Islamic State group into the area, while pointed out that the capture of Mashrou’ neighborhood took place on Friday, after a booby-trapped vehicle attack on a headquarters belonging to HTS.

The recent developments came based on information released by international networks operating in the capital, Damascus, reporting the arrival of key IS leaders in the south of Damascus, in order to prepare an extensive offensive against HTS in the area.

The information also affirmed the four leaders visited all military fronts when they arrived in the regime-held areas, as well as meeting the fighters in a proactive step before attacking the HTS headquarters.

It is noteworthy that Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the U.S.-led coalition against IS, said in December 2017 that hundreds of the IS fighters had arrived in areas nearby the capital, Damascus.

It is also worth to mention that the Islamic State is controlling nearly 70% of Yarmouk Camp area, while stationed in Hajar Aswad neighborhood, its main stronghold in the area, and in Qadam neighborhood. In the meantime, HTS fighters are stationed in a small spot that represents 30% of the camp’s area.

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