Tensions and sporadic firefights among various militant factions have been ongoing in the Eastern Ghouta region near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and Faylaq al-Rahman are opposing Jaish al-Islam in the region.
This situation impacts negatively the defense capabilitiees of militant groups in the area. According to some pro-government sources, the Syrian Army and its allies may launch a military operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in the Jobar district located in the southwestern part of the Eastern Ghouta pocket. This became possible after the liberation of Barzeh.