DAMASCUS: Some Damascus residents now fear the worst after Islamist coalition gains against the military in northern Syria. Despite regime reassurances, could jihadists infiltrate the capital? “We are trembling with fear. If the extremists get in there’ll be fighting in the streets. Everything will be destroyed,” said marble merchant Mohammed Ayman in the Damascus city centre. There are few outward signs of the trepidation felt by many. The traffic is as bad as usual, and the shops are all open. However, morale is low among many residents because the news from the front is not good.