IS Kills 36 Syria Troops in Surprise Attack on Damascus

W460

A monitor said Tuesday three dozen pro-government fighters were killed in a district of Syria's capital as Islamic State jihadists took control of it in a surprise nighttime attack.

There was no immediate comment from the government on the report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which could not provide casualty figures for the jihadists.

"IS took full control of Qadam, and 36 government troops and loyalist fighters have been killed," the Britain-based monitoring group said.

Dozens more were wounded or captured, or are still missing in action, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

IS launched the attack from positions it holds in the adjacent Hajar al-Aswad district, Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"Regime forces are bringing reinforcements to the area around Qadam to try to retake it," he said. 

Qadam lies in a southern part of Damascus and has for several years hosted a range of Islamist rebels and extremists, including IS and its arch-enemy, Al-Qaeda's onetime Syrian branch Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

The Syrian government has used both military pressure and negotiated settlements to try to clear the area.

Last week, hundreds of HTS fighters evacuated the district under a deal with Damascus that granted them and their family members safe passage, with most heading northwest to Idlib province. 

IS jihadists have even agreed to evacuate the district in the past. 

The jihadist group put out a statement late Monday saying it had captured most of Qadam, including areas "surrendered" to regime forces by HTS. 

The district is smaller than and not connected to Eastern Ghouta, an area east of the capital which is home to hundreds of thousands of civilians and rebels.

Syrian troops are waging a separate offensive there.

Comments 19
Thumb eagledawn 20 March 2018, 11:21

Trouble in Paradise

Thumb janoubi 20 March 2018, 18:28

read ya illiterate!!!!

"The district is smaller than and not connected to Eastern Ghouta, an area east of the capital which is home to hundreds of thousands of civilians and rebels.

Syrian troops are waging a separate offensive there."

Thumb Mystic 20 March 2018, 19:54

yaoudi, ofcourse they want to attack from another front to divert the Syrian Army.

Your ISIS salafis are after all the same kind of salafis as the ones in Ghouta, just different gangs.

Thumb warrior 21 March 2018, 03:23

lol @ mystic the military strategist

Thumb barrymore 20 March 2018, 11:41

So these ISIS appear whenever Assad wants them too....

Thumb s.o.s 20 March 2018, 15:53

They’re partners ya Shreek.

Thumb justin 20 March 2018, 15:56

False Flag or blowback as gigahabib likes to call it:)

Thumb janoubi 20 March 2018, 11:44

Sometimes miscommunication between allies does take place and on the battlefield its is known as 'Friendly Fire'.

Missing cedars 20 March 2018, 12:48

Think of it a car bomb sent and exploded. Puttin will send 100k Chechen to save Assad.

Thumb s.o.s 20 March 2018, 14:36

one big LOL

Thumb Puppet 20 March 2018, 15:04

Mr. Mega Halib is something I respect.

Thumb justin 20 March 2018, 15:56

hehehe!

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 20 March 2018, 15:12

An HBO made for TV movie

Thumb eagledawn 20 March 2018, 15:35

Lol, quite a story and a Broken record. Yet another allegation with no proof.

Dictionary definition of Shameless.

Who, other than an Internet troll, actually believe that fantasy?

"Laugh out loud!" Aka, LOL.
You are a joke.

Thumb justin 20 March 2018, 15:54

@flamemonger

but they didn't need to do that in order to slip out of Arsal because they were given air conditioned buses and home made meals.

Thumb s.o.s 20 March 2018, 15:59

And HD TVs programs for their long journey Justin, I know it’s a detail but it’s an important one.

Thumb ex-fpm 20 March 2018, 17:53

The above events were inspired by Hezbollah's "Sacred Defense - Protecting the Homeland And Holy Sites" video game.

Thumb ice-man 20 March 2018, 19:19

How Sad.....
How Tragic......
How Unfair......

How unhappy it makes me.

Thumb warrior 21 March 2018, 03:25

I guess Shia twelvers like gigaheretic will always side with their Iranian masters no matter what.