Islamic State fights Syrian rebels and ‘moves closer to central Damascus’

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) battled Syrian rebel forces in a Damascus neighbourhood on Monday, bringing the extremists closer than ever to the centre of the capital, a monitoring group said.

Isil militants fought street battles against Islamist rebels in Asali, part of the capital’s southern Qadam district, after seizing two streets there over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“This is the closest Isil has ever been to the heart of Damascus,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

He said Isil had advanced from the adjacent Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighbourhood, where they have been based since July 2014.


 

Has anyone heard anything of note on the effort by our “allies” to retake Anbar province, Ramadi etc? No I didn’t think so.

  • The Butterfly

    I’m sure Barry O will have a plan ready any minute now.

    • Thank goodness!

      • “Isil militants fought street battles against Islamist rebels.”

        That describes Islam in a nutshell.

        Islam doing what Islam does.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As ISIS advances into Damascus, it looks like Iran will have to intervene to save the Shiite asses of Assad and Hezbollah.

    • I suspect that according to plan, Assad will carve out an Alawite Duchy

  • simus1

    Managing the close coordination of bribe payments to those who are supposed to fight against isis along with bribes to those who are supposedly ready to stop fighting for isis is very difficult.

  • FactsWillOut

    “Has anyone heard anything of note on the effort by our “allies” to retake Anbar province, Ramadi etc? No I didn’t think so.”

    That’s because the war against ISIS is a pretext to take out Assad.
    Assad is the only good guy in that theater.