Syrian rebels battled jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) near Damascus on Monday, pressing their bid to expel them from their strongholds, a monitoring group said.

Rebels holding positions in southern Damascus and the outskirts of the capital and seeking President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster, launched an offensive some three weeks ago to expel IS.

IS was initially welcomed by some rebels as a potential ally in the armed revolt, but the opposition, including Islamists, has turned against it. […]