IS Militants Take Damascus Neighborhood03/20 06:47
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian war monitoring group says Islamic State militants
have captured a largely vacant neighborhood in Damascus following intense
fighting with pro-government forces.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says militants seized Qadam late on
Monday, a week after Syrian rebels had surrendered the neighborhood to the
The Observatory says 36 pro-government fighters were killed in clashes, and
dozens more wounded or captured. It says the Syrian government has sent
reinforcements into the area.
Earlier, IS claimed to have captured Qadam in a statement circulating on
There was no immediate comment from the government.
The fighting in Qadam, which is south of Damascus, came as Syrian forces are
focused on recapturing the rebel-held eastern Ghouta suburbs of the country's