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  • U.S. rules out negotiated ISIS withdrawal from Syria’s Raqqa

    10/11/2017 12:10:16 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    USA Today ^ | Oct. 11, 2017 | Associated Press
    The U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State said Wednesday that it won’t accept a negotiated withdrawal for hundreds of ISIS militants holed up in the Syrian city of Raqqa, once the extremists’ de facto capital.
  • SDF seizes ISIS’ administration building in Raqqa (Syria)

    09/29/2017 11:37:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 29 Sep 2017, 19:28 | ANF Raqqa
    SDF fighters have liberated the ISIS’ administration building called ‘Raqqa Province’ in Nahda neighbourhood west of Raqqa. Clashes intensify and get heavier between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS gangs in Raqqa city center as well as eastern and western fronts of the city. SDF fighters have liberated the building from which ISIS administered the city, called ‘Raqqa Province’ in Nahda neighbourhood west of Raqqa. Here, fighters have found ISIS’ seals for Raqqa. The gang members in possession of a paper with this ‘Raqqa seal’ on them were freely operating in the city without facing any obstructions.
  • SDF General Command: 80% of Raqqa cleared of ISIS

    09/20/2017 12:29:06 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017, 12:10 | ANF Raqqa
    In a statement about the ongoing campaign to liberate Raqqa, SDF General Command announced that 80 percent of the city has been cleared of ISIS. The General Command of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) released a statement informing about the latest situation in the operation to liberate Raqqa, dubbed the ‘Great Battle’. The statement by SDF General Command is as follows; “During the past 5 days, our forces have targeted the fortresses formed by ISIS gangs north of Raqqa and launched an operation, which is a first on this front. ISIS gangs had estimated that they would be able to defend...
  • If bombed by Russia in Deir-Ezzor again, the US coalition and SDF vow they will fight back

    09/17/2017 9:15:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    The Region ^ | 9-7-17 (5:00 AM CDT) | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    KOBANI – Sipan Hemo, the general commander of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in a statement released on Saturday wondered why Russian forces bombed their positions, which led to the injury of six fighters. “Russia is bombing the positions of our forces. We are asking Russia to explain the reasons for their bombing our positions," he said, asking whether Assad and Russia were cooperating and allies with ISIS,” he said. On Saturday afternoon, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dayr Az Zawr, causing injuries to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Although the Russian government...
  • Troops surround last IS stronghold in Raqqa

    09/14/2017 9:05:32 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 23 replies
    Sky News ^ | 14 Sept 2017 | Alex Crawford
    The combined partnership of Kurds, Arabs and Christians which make up the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are battling the remnants of the Islamic State in Raqqa, and it is having to be done street by street and house by house. They have surrounded the City's large main hospital, which is believed to be the last major stronghold of IS extremists.
  • SDF commander: Raqqa city is mainly under SDF control (65%)

    09/04/2017 5:51:49 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | Monday, 4 Sep 2017, 00:00 | ANF RAQQA
    SDF commander Clara Raqqa announced that the greater proportion of the city is under their control. Since the start of Raqqa operation, SDF forces have liberated 14 of the 23 neighbourhoods from ISIS gangs, and control 65 percent of the city, SDF commander Clara Raqqa said. Within 90 days the 'Great Battle' campaign to capture Raqqa, 14 of the 23 neighbourhoods are liberated by SDF. There are 9 neighbourhoods under ISIS control. As the battles intensify in the neighbourhoods of al-Barid, Mirûr and Nehda, commander of the operation, Clara Raqqa, shared details on the current situation. THE BATTLE FOR RAQQA...
  • US-Backed SDF Commander: ISIS To Get Evicted From Raqqa In Two Months

    08/29/2017 11:39:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Less of a timeline than a prediction, this commander’s ETA on victory over the capital of ISIS may seem overly optimistic. After all, the battle for ISIS’ other prominent urban center, Mosul, took nearly nine months, and killed more than 40,000 civilians and perhaps nearly as many combatants (depending on sources), most of those ISIS fighters. The top-ranking Kurdish commander in Syria believes that the coalition bearing down on Raqqa could take the city in just two more months of fighting. Maybe: The battle to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa should end...
  • SDF to attend the meeting of anti-ISIS Coalition in Washington

    07/12/2017 3:28:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 10 Jul 2017, 22:42 | NEWS DESK
    A representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will attend the anti-ISIS Coalition meeting to be held in Washington on 11-13 July. According to information ANF obtained from SDF sources, a representative of the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces will attend the anti-ISIS Coalition meeting to be held in Washington on 11-13 July with the participation of representatives from 70 countries. The meeting to be hosted by Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, will handle the struggle strategies in the wake of the defeat of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa.
  • Turkish Onslaught on Kurdish SDF Dies Down Without the US Lifting a Finger >more

    06/29/2017 7:08:41 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Russian Insider ^ | 6-29-17 | RI staff
    The massive Turkish bombardment of Kurdish-held north-western Syria we reported yesterday has died down now. How did that happen? The Turkish and American defense ministers met in Brussels ahead of a scheduled NATO meeting, but there was no indication this had anything to do with it. Perhaps it was the other way around and the Turks scheduled the bombardment ahead of the meeting precisely to keep their grievances on the agenda in Brussels. In any case, it was also reported yesterday that Russians had evacuated their base in Kurdish-held Afrin enclave, perhaps to give the Turks a free hand against...
  • Syria Daily: Kurdish-Led SDF Advances in ISIS-Held Raqqa

    06/27/2017 7:29:56 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 4 replies
    EA Worldview ^ | June 26, 2017 | Scott Lucas
    Syrian Democratic Forces take another district in west of Raqqa on Sunday The Kurdish-led, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces advanced further on Sunday inside the city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s central position in Syria. The SDF took the al-Qadisia district, their sixth in Raqqa, after three days of intense fighting. After months of preparation and political maneuvers, the SDF finally moved into Raqqa in early June, backed by US weapons, special forces, and airstrikes. They have advanced from both the west, where al-Qadisia is located, and the east, and have cut off ISIS to the south by taking positions along...
  • KDP detains 4 internationalist fighters (Syrian foreign fighters arrested by Iraq Kurds)

    06/25/2017 9:27:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, June 26, 2017 | ANF SULAYMANIYAH
    KDP forces have detained 4 internationalist fighters that crossed from Rojava into Southern Kurdistan. It is not known yet where the fighters have been taken. According to reports, KDP peshmergas detained Swedish fighters Jesper Soeder and Andreas Charalabos, and British fighters Andrew Johnwoodhead and Lee Egerton at a checkpoint in Akre city, Southern Kurdistan. The driver accompanying the fighters was also taken into custody and it is not known yet where the fighters and their driver have been taken.
  • Baath regime panics as SDF enters Raqqa

    06/21/2017 8:11:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017, 11:50 | SEYIT EVRAN
    Russia, Iran and the Baath regime under their control panicked with the Raqqa operation following the Tabqa operation and resorted to slander, then to attacking the SDF. RussiaÂ’s approach changed when the YPG-led SDF launched an operation to liberate Tabqa. Russia had always played both sides in Bab and Shehba as well as Aleppo, developing relationships with SDF/YPG on one hand and Turkey on the other. When the operation to liberate Tabqa launched, RussiaÂ’s approach changed further, even as far as issuing threats for some issues. This approach by Russia was very clearly displayed in a statement a couple days...
  • Silo: We will retaliate regime forces if their attacks continue

    06/19/2017 6:46:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 19 Jun 2017, 14:40 | ANF RAQQA
    SDF Spokesperson General Talal Silo stated that their forces would use their right to legitimate defense and retaliate if the regime forces continued their attacks on SDF positions. The spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Talal Silo released a statement regarding the Syrian regime forces' attack on SDF positions near Tabqa. The statement said the following: “After the heroic resistance demonstrated by our troops and the allied forces against terrorism within the Wrath of Euphrates campaign launched by SDF that aims for isolating Raqqa city, and mainly after the Great Battle was started to liberate Raqqa city which...
  • SDF opens third front inside ISIS-held Raqqa

    06/11/2017 3:48:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    NRT ^ | June 11, 2017. 1 hour ago
    SULAIMANI — The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Sunday (June 11) the opening of a third front inside the Islamic State’s Syrian de facto capital of Raqqa, killing 11 militants. The SDF, a US-backed group of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said the area of al-Romaniya, on the western outskirts of ISIS-held Raqqa, is now free from the ultra-hardline group. There was an ISIS Emir among the militants killed at the hands of SDF fighters, the group added. The SDF fighters broke into a second front inside the northern Syrian town on Saturday (June 10), capturing the western district...
  • SDF announces the launch of 'Great Battle' for Raqqa

    06/06/2017 12:57:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 32 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 6 Jun 2017, 10:35 | none stated
    The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Command announced the launch of the 'Great Battle' for the liberation of Raqqa from ISIS. The historic statement was read by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Spokesman Talal Silo in the Hezîma town north of Raqqa. Representatives of SDF commanders, representatives of the Raqqa Civilian Council and Co-President Leyla Mustefa and regional tribes were also present in the press statement in Hezîma village north of Raqqa. On behalf of the General Command of SDF, the historical statement was announced to the world with the following words: "After a long struggle, our forces and the forces...
  • 50 thousand citizens return to Tabqa liberated by SDF (Syria)

    06/02/2017 4:03:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 2 Jun 2017, 12:12 | ANF TABQA
    People had to migrate from Tabqa because of ISIS gangs, and are returning home after SDF fighters liberated the town. Officials from the Raqqa Civilian Assembly stated that before the liberation, most of the citizens had fled the city because of ISIS massacres and the population had fallen to 15 thousand. 50 thousand citizens returned to their lands after Tabqa was liberated by he SDF fighters on May 10. With the returning citizens, the population rose to 65 thousand. On the other hand, due to emerging clashes between Syrian regime forces and the gangs in Tedmur, Homs, Suxna, Dêir ez-Zor...
  • Will US-Kurdish deal force Turkey back to PKK negotiation table?

    05/13/2017 7:41:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | May 12, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    Although the United States has signaled its increasing support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the last few years, US President Donald Trump’s decision to arm the Kurdish forces in Syria for the battle against the Islamic State came as a shock to the Turkish government. Turkey considers the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to be part of one common terror group, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been throwing tantrums over symbols of US support for the YPG. Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian conflict for the last six years has been mind-boggling. To put it in the simplest...
  • 15 thousand civilians rescued in Raqqa operation in three days (Syria)

    05/13/2017 8:10:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 13 May 2017, 09:48 | none stated
    Wrath of Euphrates fighters have rescued 15 thousand civilians from ISIS gangs during the past three days. The Operation Wrath of Euphrates launched by YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for the liberation of Raqqa territory continues in the 4th day of the 4th phase. Thousands of civilians in settlements north of Raqqa rush to the areas cleared by SDF forces during the campaign. At least 15 thousand locals have been rescued from ISIS and transferred to safe areas over the past three days. Since the launch of the 4th phase of the campaign on May 10, SDF forces have rescued...
  • Nine foreign volunteers that fought ISIS arrested by KRG security force

    05/12/2017 9:26:19 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ARA News ^ | May 12, 2017 | none stated
    Foreign YPG volunteers seen in the vicinity of Jarablus. Photo: ARA News At least nine foreign volunteers, who had joined the ranks of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to combat ISIS in Rojava-Northern Syria, were arrested by the Asayish security force in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, media sources reported on Thursday.Foreign volunteers are increasingly becoming victim of the problems between the Kurdish parties.“Internationalists Callum Ross (Rizgar Çiya), Ozgan Ozdil (Dêrsim Agir), Anthonî Degatto (Rustem Fist), Justin Schnepp (Şervan Agir), Mirko Bruna (Mirko Cûdî) from Italy, Paola Andolina (Azadî Raperîn) from Italy, Damien Rodriguez (Şêrzad Azad) from the US, Fernando...
  • SDF relaunches Raqqa campaign after US arms approval

    05/10/2017 5:22:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    KOM News ^ | 10 May 2017 15:51 CEST | Operation Wrath of Euphrates Command Room release
    Commanders of the SDF leading Operation Wrath of Euphrates in Syria's north. The Operation Wrath of Euphrates Command Room released a statement on Wednesday saying the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had relaunched the campaign to capture Raqqa from the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group after a 15 day suspension.The operation was suspended following airstrikes by Turkish fighter jets on SDF’s leading faction, Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in northeast Syria in April.According to the statement, published on ANF news agency, the operation was reinitiated on Tuesday evening, coinciding with the US approval of heavy weapons and armoured vehicle provisions directly...