Civil defence members inspect a damaged site after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad on a mosque in Idlib city, after rebels took control of the area April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdallah
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Militants from ISIS appeared to be gaining the upper hand in the Palestinian neighborhood of Yarmouk Friday after a third day of back-and-forth fighting with local rebel militiamen.Fighters from the Al-Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front have aided ISIS militants in their offensive against a local militia, according to anti-regime media activists and rebel groups.It claimed it had killed 40 ISIS militants in the clashes, which began earlier this week when ISIS militants launched an attack from their only major stronghold in the Damascus area, Hajar al-Aswad, located next to Yarmouk.Meanwhile, the Islam Army rebel militia, based in the nearby Eastern Ghouta suburbs of the capital, announced that it had formed a military "operations room" with two other militias, dedicated to battling ISIS and ejecting it from Yarmouk.
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