Syrian government forces are actively preparing for a military opeartion against ISIS in the Yarmouk camp area in southern Damascus, according to reports appearing from the area.
On April 9, a photo of a large group of National Defense Forces (NDF) soldiers appeared online confirming the earlier reports. The photos shows a large number of vehicles accompanied by NDF troops. This force had reportedly been deployed to the area to participate in the upcoming attack.
On April 8, reports appeared that Russia had pressured “moderate” militants in the areas of Yalda, Babbila and Beit Sahm in southern Damascus to assist the government’s effort against ISIS. However, the result of negotiations remained unclear.
ISIS controls a large part of the Yarmouk camp and some nearby areas. The ISIS presence in southern Damascus is currently one of the key security threats to the Syrian capital.