The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA) and other pro-government forces are about to launch a large-scale military operation against ISIS south of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Iranian al-Alam TV reported on April 12.
Currently more than 80% of the Yarmouk refugee camp and the al-Qadam district south of Damascus are under the control of ISIS. Local sources suggest that there are more than 2,500 ISIS fighters in these two areas.
Syrian pro-government sources reported that the SAA and the PLA had deployed more units and battle tanks around al-Qadam and the Yarmouk camp on April 12. This proves that the start of the operation is near.
Al-Alam said that the SAA will be coordinating with “moderate” militants in the towns of Yalda, Babbila and Beit Sahm, east of the Yarmouk camp, to stop any attempt by ISIS to infiltrate these areas once the attack begins. Syrian opposition sources revealed on April 8 that Russia had pressured the militants there to take part in the upcoming operation against ISIS.
Local observers believe that the attack against ISIS south of Damascus will not be launched until US threats against Syria are cleared. No doubts that ISIS may make an attempt to take advantage of any US attack to advance in the Syrian capital.
SAA units around the Yarmouk camp: