BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:07 P.M.) – Following promising gains made during previous weeks against rival militant groups in Damascus, Islamic State forces have kicked-off a new offensive aimed at driving rebels from two key southern districts of the Syrian capital.
Damascus-based sources report that ISIS has launched a new wave of attacks against Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in the southern Damascus districts of Hajar as-Aswad and Yarmouk Camp.
At the present time, heavy firefights between the rival jihadist militias are taking place with light and medium weapons on Haifa Street (in Yarmouk Camp) and the Taqdam neighborhood of Hajar Al-Aswad.
The last month in southern Damascus has been particularly violent with ISIS scoring a number of noteworthy tactical gains (as far as urban warfare standards go) against rebel groups – including the Free Syrian Army and Jaysh al-Islam in addition to Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham.
During this time, up to one hundred fighters on both sides have been killed as the balance of power between besieged militant groups in capital’s south shifts towards ISIS.