BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – On Saturday afternoon, the Syrian Army – led by veteran Republican Guard assault units – drove Islamic State militants from the district of Al-Qadam in southern Damascus.

Specifically, Syrian government troops – backed by artillery, armor and airstrikes – retook the neighborhoods of Al-Madaniyah, Al-Asali and Al-Jorah.

Although capturing all three residential areas during a blitz assault that lasted less than 24 hours, the Syrian Army spent days before that gradually eroding the main ISIS defense line that guarded the neighborhoods with non-stop artillery and aerial bombardment.

With the collapse of Islamic State defenses in Al-Qadam on Saturday, many terrorist fighters found themselves isolated into small pockets of resistance where they were either killed or pushed to make a desperate retreat for safer positions in Hajjar al-Aswad and Yarmouk Camp.

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