Syrian Army Battles Islamic State near Damascus

ALEPPO, SYRIA - FEBRUARY 13: Free Syrian Army (FSA) members fight against Daesh terrorists in al-Bab town of Aleppo during the 'Operation Euphrates Shield' in Aleppo, Syria on February 13, 2017. The Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror …
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The Algemeiner reports: The Syrian army and its allies engaged in a fierce battle on Saturday with Islamic State fighters in an enclave south of Damascus held by the jihadist group.

Reuters witnesses, a war monitor and state television reported intense fighting including artillery bombardment and small arms fire.The army had made broad advances, said state television. The monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said it had gained control of several buildings in the densely built-up area.

Footage on state TV showed tanks rolling across an open area of fields to the edge of the enclave, which includes parts of al-Qadam district, al-Hajar al-Aswad and the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp.

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