The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has worn out its welcome in southern Damascus; especially, after they reneged on the agreement to cease all hostilities and leave Yarmouk Camp, Tadamon, Al-Qadam, Barzeh, and Hajar Al-Aswad.
On Friday afternoon, the Syrian Armed Forces decided they have had enough of ISIS’ continued presence in southern Damascus; this resulted in the pro-government forces carrying out a powerful assault at the Qadam-Hajar Al-Aswad axis that also borders the Yarmouk Camp District.
Leading the charge against ISIS in Hajar Al-Aswad were the Palestinian resistance forces, led by the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), Fatah Al-Intifada, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC).
For nearly 4 hours on Friday, the Palestinian resistance forces and local pro-government militias attempted to advance into the strategic city of Hajar Al-Aswad in Greater Damascus; however, their persistence paid off in the end, as they were able to establish control of the Qadam-Hajar Al-Aswad axis.
According to a military source in Damascus, the attack by the pro-government forces was meant to be a warning to the terrorist group after they carried out several suicide attacks in the past few weeks (Barzeh and Sayyida Zaynab).
Currently, ISIS is completely surrounded in southern Damascus – their only hope of escaping is through the West Ghouta and that would require assistance from the Islamist rebels.