Rebels stifle IS attempts to expand in south Damascus

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Rebel forces in southern Damascus ended an Islamic State attempt to expand out of their stronghold in neighboring al-Hajjar al-Aswad on Sunday, killing and wounding IS fighters who had occupied buildings on the edge of the al-Qadam district for two days. “Rebel fighters were able to retake the areas captured by IS yesterday and the Islamic Union of Ajnad a-Sham is in full control of the area now,” a representative from al-Qadam’s local self-government council told Syria Direct on Monday. Ajnad a-Sham soldiers killed 15 IS fighters while the rest fled back to al-Hajjar al-Aswad, reported the brigade. Saturday’s incursion marks the first time IS has attempted to push west into al-Qadam, and only the second time it has moved out of its base in al-Hajjar al-Aswad, the first being when it stormed and captured the nearby Yarmouk camp in April.