Earlier this week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) entered the relatively stable Damascene suburb of Al-Qadam from their positions inside the city of Hajar Al-Aswad, killing a number of Islamist rebel fighters from Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) en route to staking their claim at the southern axis of these two areas in southern Damascus.

ISIS’ presence in Al-Qadam is serious threat to the Syrian capital of Damascus, as the terrorist group is now within a few hundred meters of the Syrian Arab Army’s positions inside this Damascene suburb that was once in the process of reconciliation before negotiations were placed on hold due to the increased violence in the neighboring district of Yarmouk Camp.

The Syrian Armed Forces have refrained from carrying out any attacks on the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam and Ajnad Al-Sham, despite prior hostilities that plagued the civilian population and forced a diaspora to Damascus’ Old City neighborhoods.

For the Islamist rebels, the loss of Al-Qadam’s southern sector could have an adverse affect on their current counter-assault in the West Ghouta, as ISIS’ potential targeting of their weak defenses in the southwestern countryside of these collection of farms located between Damascus and the Golan Heights will create chaos among their ranks.

 

 

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