Islamic State On Assad’s Doorstep After Seizing Large Swaths Of Palestinian Refugee Camp In Damascus
ISIS changing their strategy and shifting their focus back to Assad in Syria and away from US-backed forces in Iraq? Makes sense.
Via Daily Mail:
Islamic State militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus today, marking the terrorist group’s deepest foray the Syrian capital and seat of President Bashar Assad’s power.
ISIS entered the Yarmouk camp as Jordan closed its only functioning border crossing with the country following heavy clashes on the Syrian side between rebels and government forces.
The militants, who already control large swaths of territory in northern Syria, reportedly entered the camp from the nearby Hajar Aswad neighborhood in southern Damascus in a coordinated attack with their rivals in the Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.
According to the the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIS managed to take control of large parts of the Yarmouk camp following clashes with a Palestinian group.
If ISIS manage to gain full control of Yarmouk, the jihadis can potentially use the camp as a base from which to threaten the heart of the capital as possibly challenge Assad himself.
The Palestinian-run refugee camp has been under government siege for nearly two years.