Friday, 22 February, 2019

Backed Kurds launch final attack against IS in Syria

Screen Shot Syrian Kurdish Leader ‘Not Enough’ Being Done Against Growing al Qaeda in Syria Breitbart News Screencap7 Feb 2019
Leonard Rios | 11 February, 2019, 07:44

Bali said heavy fighting was going on inside the village of Baghouz on Sunday.

The Observatory said over 37,000 civilians, including tens of IS militants, have fled the last IS-held pocket to areas controlled by the SDF in the eastern Euphrates area since last December.

USA and SDF officials say, however, they have no reason to believe he is there. "This battle will be sealed in the coming days". "This was the foreign fighter element, some of his most trusted people".

Hundreds of civilians are also believed to be inside.

However, the WSJ also noted that the Pentagon has yet to comment: "We are not discussing the timeline of the USA withdrawal from Syria", said a Pentagon spokesman.

The strategy, which the group deployed in Mosul and elsewhere, is presenting a real challenge, SDF commanders said.

He said that when the SDF detects movement from IS fighters, they bomb them, but added: "There have not been any major changes".

At its peak in 2014, IS established a "caliphate" stretching across Syria and Iraq that was similar in size to the United Kingdom and ruled over more than 7.7 million people.

"The territorial caliphate, which has not yet been wiped out, is being defeated", minister Florence Parly said in Baghdad.

At the group's height, 7.7 million people were estimated to live under ISIS' rule, according to Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), the official name for the coalition fighting ISIS.

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"The SDF has launched its final battle to eliminate the terrorist ISIS organization in Al-Baghouz village; the last ISIS stronghold", the SDF said in a statement.

The coalition has been training and providing aerial support to the Syrian Democratic Forces, which launched an offensive on the last patch of jihadist territory in September 2018.

Ankara emphasized that the Manbij road map reached between Turkey and the U.S.is an exemplary agreement for Washington and a model for it to cease its cooperation with the PKK terrorist group's Syrian affiliate People's Protection Units (YPG).

Fellow combatants carried a coffin draped in the Kurdish colors of red, yellow and green, covered in pink flowers and adorned with a picture of the young woman.

The Observatory said 12 IS gunmen attacked the SDF and clashed with them for several hours until most of the attackers were killed early Saturday.

Syria's Kurds have largely stayed out of the country's civil war, instead building semi-autonomous institutions in northern and northeastern regions they control.

The Trump administration has been struggling to come up with an agreement to protect Kurdish allies from being attacked by Turkish forces.

Trump in December ordered a complete troop withdrawal from Syria, a shock announcement that left the Kurds scrambling for new allies.

The regime has made a military comeback with Russian military support since 2015, and now holds nearly two-thirds of Syria.

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