The ISIS-held pocket in southern Damascus is slowly crumbling under the pressure from Syrian government forces.
The Syrian military has deployed a few pro-government Palestinian militias, including Liwa al-Quds, to advance more successfully in this mostly Palestinian-populated area. The adequate choice of roces as well as the advantage in military equipment and firepower are key reasons behind the government forces’ progress against ISIS.
Another important factor in favour of the Syrian Army is that the Damascus government had reached a ceasefire with “moderate” militants controlling the eastern part of the pocket.
Recently, government troops have liberated the districts of Al-Barradi and Al-Barradat as well as the Da’boul street in the Yarmouk refugee camp area. Warplanes of the Syrian Air Force and the SAA’s artillery have just destroyed a major part of the ISIS defense there.
According to local sources, the Syrian military is aiming to divide the pocket into two parts and to isolate the ISIS-held area. Then, when the ISIS-held pocket is cut off from the rest of the militant-held area, government troops will be able to supress the militants’ defense points one by one.
#Syria #Damascus #SouthernDamascus #SouthDamascus#Iraq #Iraqi Shia Militia Fighting alongside the #SAA
“”Here are the men of god lions of the 4th division Liwa al-Imam al-Hussein
We will blow the lairs of terrorism on their heads
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— Ivan Sidorenko (@IvanSidorenko1) 24 April 2018
Pro-government forces involved in the Yarmouk operation: