BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 A.M.) – The battle for southern Damascus has taken a violent turn, as the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) attempts to expand its operations into several districts.
ISIS began their expansion last week, when their forces managed to capture 30 percent of the Al-Qadam District after launching a big attack from nearby Yarmouk Camp.
Following this expansion, the Islamic State would launch another big assault in Al-Qadam, seizing another large portion of the district from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
As a result of these ISIS attacks, the Syrian Arab Army has suffered heavy casualties in Al-Qadam.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Army’s death toll in southern Damascus since the commencement of the Islamic State offensive has exceeded 50.
The source added that while ISIS claims almost all of Al-Qadam, they only control about 40 percent of the district, as they failed to capture the central and western neighborhoods.