The battle for the last scrap of land held by ISIS has taken longer than expected.
SAA Repels Militant Attack, Kills 100
Syrian government troops have repelled an attack by hundreds of foreign-backed militants in the capital Damascus, killing more than 100 of them, Press TV reports. Press TV's Damascus correspondent, who was embedded with the Syrian army, reported on Sunday that the attack was launched in the al-Qadam district in southern Damascus. The army's counterattack prevented the insurgents from cutting a main highway, which links Damascus to the city of Daraa in southwestern Syria, just north of the border with Jordan. A number of dead bodies remained scattered on the ground since militants were unable to collect them. In addition, the Syrian armed forces captured several machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and mortar shells used by militants. An army commander told Press TV that militants used car bombs in the offensive. The Syrian army has recently conducted successful security operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on the militants. Recent investigations by various media outlets have found that the militants are taking amphetamine stimulants to stay on their feet in exhausting battles against Syrian government forces. Al-Qaeda linked groups are also said to be using stimulant drugs extensively as they launch many attacks at night and are engaged in gruesome battles.