The battle for the last scrap of land held by ISIS has taken longer than expected.
FSA Militants and SAA Battle in Jobar
(http://www.globalpost.com/) -- DAMASCUS, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian troops kept advancing in a rebel-held suburb east of the capital Damascus on Wednesday, killing many of the armed militants, a senior military source told Xinhua. Two weeks ago, the Syrian troops launched a wide-scale offensive to recapture Jobar. Still, the trapped rebels in Jobar and its surroundings have also unleashed a counter-offensive against a government-controlled area in the eastern countryside of Damascus, capturing the Dukhaniyeh, an inner-city slum that is intricately overlapping a cluster of pro-government districts in eastern Damascus. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140910/syrian-troops-advance-damascus-jobar