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Syrian Factions Expel Islamic State from Mountainous Area in Damascus

CAIRO Syrian Islamist factions have expelled in recent days extremists from the Islamic State terror organization from a mountainous area located northwest of Damascus, near the border with Lebanon.

One of the groups involved in the fighting, Jaish al-Islam, announced on Tuesday in its Telegram account that its militia, in cooperation with other factions, expelled IS fighters from the mountainous area and al-Naqeb area, in the region of al-Qalamoun.

Ahrar al-Sham Islamist movement also said that its fighters had taken al-Afai mountain range in the eastern part of al-Qalamoun from IS, following intense fighting against radicals, who eventually withdrew.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that several factions have advanced against IS in recent hours in al-Naqeb, without providing more details.

This progress of Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham coincides with a new attack launched early on Tuesday by these armed organizations and other groups, such as Fateh al-Sham, the Syrian former al-Qaeda affiliate, on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus against positions of the government forces.

 

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