A rebel group comprised of mostly tribesmen seized two strongholds of the Islamic State group in the Syrian desert east of the capital Damascus, killing eight militants, a commander told Zaman al-Wasl Monday.
Younes al-Salameh, media officer for Jaish Usud al-Sharqiya (Lions of the East Army), said his group had captured areas of Al-Dayyatha and Kraa northeast of Suweida city.
The Islamic State group has been suffering from a loss of ground since Kurdish-led forces and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army made gains over the past few weeks.
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