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IS Militants Take Damascus Neighborhood03/20 06:47

   BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian war monitoring group says Islamic State militants 
have captured a largely vacant neighborhood in Damascus following intense 
fighting with pro-government forces.

   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says militants seized Qadam late on 
Monday, a week after Syrian rebels had surrendered the neighborhood to the 

   The Observatory says 36 pro-government fighters were killed in clashes, and 
dozens more wounded or captured. It says the Syrian government has sent 
reinforcements into the area.

   Earlier, IS claimed to have captured Qadam in a statement circulating on 

   There was no immediate comment from the government.

   The fighting in Qadam, which is south of Damascus, came as Syrian forces are 
focused on recapturing the rebel-held eastern Ghouta suburbs of the country's 


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