BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – On Monday, various rebel groups operating out of southern Damascus launched a major push against Islamic State forces in the district town of Yarmouk Camp.
Rival militant groups were attempting to capitalize on the fact that ISIS was distracted with its own offensive against Syrian government forces in the Al-Qadam district.
It is believed that fighters from the Free Syrian Army and Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (better known by its former name, Jabhat al-Nusra) were involved in the attack against ISIS.
Some Syrian conflict observer sources claim that Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham deployed two car bombs to break open ISIS lines but there appears to be no video evidence or confirmation of this from other sources.
At first, the rebel onslaught came as a shock and it appeared that ISIS positions were about to be overrun at several key frontline areas, however, Islamic State defenses held strong and eventually the rebel onslaught ran out of steam after a day of clashes.
Among all insurgent factions in southern Damascus, ISIS appears to be the most dominant – it possess a greater amount of fighters who are more willing to die in battle and its doctrine is more aggressive.