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Free Syrian Army Advances On Military Strongholds Near Damascus 


Rebels with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) made advances on military-held neighborhoods in Damascus over the weekend, the first major attempt by the opposition group to take on President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the capital in months. Recent advances by Syrian rebels have been largely made by radical groups such as ISIS, not by moderates like the forces grouped under the FSA. 

The FSA forces advanced from the Ghouta area, an eastern suburb of Damascus, to Abbasiyeen Square in the capital. The rebel group reported heavy regime losses, though those claims could not be verified independently...