BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) southern Damascus operation against the Islamic State (ISIS) is nearly complete; however, they still do not have full control of these districts.
The reason for this is due to the large presence of rebel fighters that control parts of the Yarmouk Camp District and all of Yalda, Babila, and Beit Sahm.
Prior to launching their offensive against ISIS, the Syrian Army sent a delegation to meet with the rebels and discuss reconciliation in southern Damascus.
The rebels were reportedly receptive to the idea, but requested the Syrian Army defeat the Islamic State before any reconciliation could be achieved.
With ISIS all but finished in southern Damascus, the Syrian military will once again reenter talks with the rebels in southern Damascus, as they look to seal off Damascus once and for all.
Despite some hostility from certain rebel groups, the likelihood of reconciliation in southern Damascus is very high, given the fact they have been involved in a long-term ceasefire.