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  • Breaking: Suicide Attack Targets American Soldiers Convoy In East Syria

    05/20/2019 2:15:28 PM PDT · by sockmonkey · 106 replies
    Muraselon ^ | May 20, 2019 22:13:42 | Staff
    A joint American soldiers and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) armored convoy came under attack by a suicide bomber this evening in east Syria. According to reports, a joint US-led coalition and SDF convoy was struck by a SVBIED attack on Hasakeh-Deir al-Zour highway just south of the city of Shaddadi in east Syria. ISIS claimed the responsibility for the suicide attack saying they managed to kill and injure 8 US coalition fighters including American soldiers, also they added that the attack destroyed a vehicle and damaged couple others. No comment yet from the US-led coalition regarding the attack. More details...
  • Turkish intervention could trigger Syria's 'second great war'

    03/20/2019 4:50:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 20, 2019 | Amberin Zaman
    AL-OMAR OIL FIELD, Syria — After a bloody and protracted five-year war, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition are on the verge of declaring victory against the Islamic State after the fall of its last crumbs of territory in Baghuz. With Islamic State cells continuing to operate to deadly effect in Syria and neighboring Iraq, it's too early to say "mission accomplished," cautioned Mazlum Kobane, the commander in chief of the SDF, in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor March 10 at a heavily guarded complex near al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria. The charismatic 50-year-old Syrian Kurd, whom coalition officials address...
  • U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks final IS enclave

    03/02/2019 10:00:26 AM PST · by gandalftb · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | MARCH 1, 2019 / 1:18 AM | Ellen Francis, Rodi Said
    U.S.-backed forces launched an attack on Friday to evict Islamic State from its last territorial bastion... The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) removed the last batch of non-combatants and then moved in at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT), said Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office. “Nothing remains in Baghouz except for terrorists. The battle ... will not end until the elimination of Daesh and the liberation of the village,” “We expect a fierce and heavy battle,” he said, adding that initial fighting involved heavy weapons. Several hundred people trickled out of the tiny cluster of hamlets and farmland. The...
  • ISIS Fighters Surrender To US-Backed Forces In Syria. Will CNN Show This?

    03/02/2019 6:17:24 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Twitter ^ | 03/01/19 | Jack Posobiec
    Watch: ISIS fighters surrender to US-backed forces in Syria. Will CNN show this? and  
  • The start of SDF operation to clear Baghouz, last pocket under ISIS control (in Syria underway)

    03/01/2019 9:26:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    VOA (via Twitter) ^ | March 1, 2019 | Mutlu Civiroglu
    Mutlu Civiroglu @mutludc 19m19 minutes ago Flash/ Reliable sources report the start of SDF operation to clear Baghouz, last pocket under ISIS control #TwitterKurds @realdonaldtrump Mahmoud Bali‏ @bali_mahmoud 10m10 minutes ago evacuation of thousands of civilians and our comrades who held hostage in #Baghouz, operation to clear the last remaining pocket of ISIS has just started at 18:00 this evening. @mustefabali
  • Nearly 5,000 flee last IS enclave in eastern Syria: monitor

    01/23/2019 11:06:57 AM PST · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 22, 2019 | AFP
    Nearly 5,000 people, including almost 500 Islamic State fighters, have since Monday left the jihadist group's last bastion in eastern Syria, where IS continues to lose ground, a Britain-based monitor said... Islamic State is now confined to just 10 square kilometres (four square miles) in Deir Ezzor.
  • US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces says it has captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State

    01/06/2019 6:11:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    AFP/ ^ | 01/06/2019
    A US-backed roup says that it has captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State in Syria. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said that it had arrested five militants who had been fighting for the Islamic State. It reported that one of these was a 45-year-old man originally from Dublin, Ireland. Two of the other men are from the US, while the other two are from Pakistan. In a statement, the SDF — which mainly fights against Islamic State and other extremist groups in Syria — said that it was carrying out Operation Jazeera Storm, which has the aim of...
  • Syria regime says Kurdish fighters withdraw from Manbij

    01/02/2019 1:28:55 PM PST · by BeauBo · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 2, 2019 | AFP
    The Syrian regime said Wednesday hundreds of Kurdish fighters had withdrawn from Manbij near the border with Turkey... "The information (we have) indicates that nearly 400 Kurdish fighters have left Manbij so far." The People's Protection Units (YPG), the main Kurdish militia in Syria, last week invited regime forces to deploy to the key city following a shock announcement that American troops would leave the country.

    12/30/2018 3:17:29 PM PST · by BeauBo · 15 replies
    South Front (Russian) ^ | 30.12.2018 | South Front (Russian)
    US forces are reportedly evacuating their military base near al-Hasakah; The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) still press their operation against ISIS in the Hajin pocket.
  • Kurdish-led SDF forces arrive in Moscow to discuss future of east Euphrates

    12/24/2018 7:06:29 AM PST · by mac_truck · 41 replies
    Kurdistan 24 ^ | 12/24/18 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has arrived in Moscow to discuss a possible plan to stop a Turkish attack as well as the future of the east of the Euphrates, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Sunday. The SOHR cited sources which said the SDF delegation and Russian authorities were expected to meet in Moscow “in the coming hours” to discuss the future of east Euphrates. According to the monitor, the Russians offered to deploy border guards from the Syrian army in the border area from the east of Euphrates...
  • Joseph Dunford: SDF defeated strongest terrorist organization in ME

    12/09/2018 8:18:42 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    ANHA Hawar News ^ | 12/09/2018 | news desk
    The General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, said that Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), consisting of all components of the Syrian people, are "the only ones capable of defeating the largest terrorist organization in the Middle East." He said they had a long way to stay in Syria, and we have no specific time how long we will stay in Syria. 09 Dec 2018, Sun - 10:42 NEWS DESKThe Washington Post conducted a lengthy interview with General and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford on several issues including US military excellence and fierce competition with...
  • SDF Fighters Break into Syria’s Hajin

    12/07/2018 6:24:01 PM PST · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 7 December 2018 | Staff
    Fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have broken into Hajin, an eastern holdout of ISIS on the Iraqi border, a commander told Agence France Presse... "Heavy clashes are ongoing inside the town of Hajin, after our forces advanced inside and started to control some of its neighborhoods," Redur Khalil told AFP... In almost three months of battle, more than 820 extremists and more than 480 US-backed fighters have been killed.
  • US envoy hints at UN enforcement of no-fly zone in Syria like ‘90s in Iraq

    12/05/2018 5:55:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Rudaw ^ | yesterday at 11:47 | none stated
    ERBIL — US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey urged other countries to share a larger burden in facilitating the conditions for peace in Syria, while floating the idea of the United Nations enforcing a no-fly zone for parts of Syria. "Remember we were present not in northern Iraq but over northern Iraq in Operation Northern Watch for 13 years. That can be a UN force," he said on Tuesday, referring to the joint US-UK-Turkey no-fly zone in the late 1990s that protected Kurdish areas from the air force of Saddam Hussein. Jeffrey briefed reporters in Washington, D.C., after...
  • Coalition Spokesman: We are in contact with Turkey and SDF

    11/03/2018 6:51:05 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 2 Nov 2018, 09:30 | ANF NEWS DESK
    The International Coalition spokesman said contacts are aimed at reducing tension.   International Coalition Against ISIS Spokesman, Sean Ryan, said in a statement posted on Twitter: "We are in contact with Turkey and Syria Democratic forces in an effort to reduce tension". On Wednesday, the US State Department had announced that they were in contact with the YPG and the Turkish state in an effort to ease tension. The US also stated that they were worried after receiving news of the attacks carried out by the Turkish state. Turkish state attacks against Kobanę and Girę Spî were launched after a...
  • ISIS suffers devastating defeat in Deir Ezzor

    08/12/2018 7:22:31 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    AMN ^ | 2018-08-06 | Leith Aboufadel
    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dealt a lethal blow to the so-called ‘caliphate’ a week ago, when their troops seized the last border points that were under the Islamic State’s control in eastern Syria. According to the official spokesperson for the SDF, their troops managed to capture the entire desert of eastern Deir Ezzor and secure the Al-Hasakah provincial border that weekend.
  • Eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor fully cleared of ISIS - UPDATE

    08/04/2018 9:36:56 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 4 Aug 2018, 15:20 | ANF DEIR EZ-ZOR
    SDF has cleared the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor of ISIS and secured the Iraq-Syria border. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters advancing on three fronts in the Operation Cizire Storm have merged in the village of Bogaz earlier today. SDF fighters have thus cleared the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor and established security at Iraq-Syria border. The second phase of the Operation Cizire Storm was launched by SDF on June 4 with the ultimate goal of liberating Deir ez-Zor and Heseke countryside from ISIS. SDF commander Bahoz Heseke stated that they have reached the Baghous town after Dashisha, thus securing...

    07/24/2018 10:47:11 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 7 replies
    NEWSWEEK LLC ^ | 7/17/18 | TOM O'CONNOR
    The Syrian Democratic Council—the political wing of a largely Kurdish, U.S.-backed military alliance of Arabs and other sects known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)—launched a three-day conference Monday in Tabqa. The gathering revolved around the country's (Syria) political future and reportedly included both Kurdish officials and members of Syria's political opposition not participating in the seven-year civil war. "This platform will represent all areas in the autonomous administration and all areas held by the SDF," he added. The rest of the country (Syria) has been reclaimed by al-Assad's forces backed by Russia and Iran. The U.S. shifted its priorities...
  • Most wanted ISIS executioner who BURNED soldiers alive SHOT DEAD

    07/03/2018 10:41:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | Published 3rd July 2018 | By Henry Holloway
    AN ISIS executioner who burned soldiers to death in a sick propaganda video has been killed in a firefight. Abu Talha al Turki was living with a $320,000 (Ł240,000) bounty on his head after his role in a horrific execution of two Turkish soldiers. The terror kingpin had been placed on the Turkish police’s “Blue List” of most wanted fugitives. Al Turki appeared in a sick video in 2016 burning alive two soldiers as they stood chained to a stake. The terrorist appeared wearing all black and carrying a machine gun and was the one who ignited the fire using...
  • SDF encircles the last ISIS stronghold south of Heseke (in Eastern Syria)

    06/11/2018 10:13:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 11 Jun 2018, 13:56 | ANF HESEK
    SDF forces have encircled the last ISIS stronghold southeast of Hesekę (Hasakah). YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have resumed the Operation Cizire Storm one week ago to clear the Dashisha area from the DAESH (ISIS) mercenaries and secure the Iraq-Syria border. Before reaching the Dashisha town, SDF forces have liberated dozens of villages since. The town of Dashisha southeast of Hesekę (Hasakah) is the last ISIS stronghold in the region. Reports suggest that many top ISIS officials are deployed here and attacks carried out by the organization in the region are planned in this town. SDF forces have liberated the...
  • No specific timeframe for YPG Manbij exit, says U.S.

    06/05/2018 9:43:28 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Ahval (Events) News ^ | Jun 05 2018 | none stated
    The United States is committed to ensuring the exit of Kurdish forces from the area of northern Syria west of the Euphrates river, and will work with Turkey to do so as soon as possible, senior officials from the U.S. State Department have said. The officials’ statements to press officials seemed rather vague compared to the precisely described plans announced by Turkish officials, however, particularly on the time frame for the withdrawal. The two unnamed U.S. State Department officials held the press briefing via teleconference on Tuesday, covering in depth the U.S.-Turkish Working Group on Syria and the agreement announced...