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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The last several days have been very bloody for Syrian Army units battling it out with Islamic State forces in southern Damascus as the latter attempts to wrest full control of the Al-Qadam district.

Whilst the Syrian Army initially held about 70 percent of Al-Qadam after being handed over control from evacuating Al-Qaeda militants, relentless attacks by ISIS terrorists (literally push after push) since then has seen government forces reduced to controlling less than half of the district area.

According to sources, the Syrian Army has suffered losses to the effect of about forty men killed in action since the start of the Al-Qadam operation; picture evidence also exists to suggest that at least one government battle tank has been knocked out in the clashes.

High losses to determined Islamic State assaults are not an uncommon thing – the terrorist group has a very aggressive battle doctrine and relies on the tactic of justifying its own heavy casualties by eventually overrunning enemy positions (after several wave attacks) and gunning down routing opponents.

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Get better experienced troops from Deir Ezor to even out IS advantage in urban warfare and block all supplies to the area.

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My thoughts are with the brave Syrian Army fighting against these armed psychotic madmen.
If the Americans attack Syria in such circumstances, all the world will clearly see American hypocrisy.

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Suddenly, after all their losses, ISIS has the manpower to launch such a large attack??? You don’t take the disgruntled and unemployed Sunnis and suddenly have them battle ready. But if you have spent the last three to six months in US protected Camp al Tanf which just had its recent “graduation” ceremony… Just saying…

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This is Yarmuk area. Daesh *never* suffered defeat or lack of manpower there. They wrestled control only against other Jihadists (attacks end with a few casualties). They never endured air strikes and artillery. Al Qadam was handed down to SAA by Nusra, and Daesh attacked before SAA could take confidence with the terrain, demine and build serious defenses.
It’s the worst kind of situation against death squads of captagon-filled crazies. And Daesh has plenty of armoured cars, there.

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Why can´t they find out where the nests are and flip high explosives in them? Tanks? Rockets?

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Syrien army sas was long ago annihilated by Isis saa is mercenaries from Russia and child hazara soldiers from Iran who are forced to fight for Assad, and saa never was never will be a match for Isis or any of these groups, it’s pathetic to read day after day armies losing against them when they don’t even have a chopper while everyone else is backed by superpower nations with all possible weapons, Shias in Iraq backed by USA coalition and Shias in Syria backed by Russia China and Iran, and you people still claim Isis is being backed by… Read more »

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I find you difficult to read

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Try harder