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Operation Raqqa (Syria) Begins - November 7, 2016

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posted on Nov, 8 2016 @ 12:46 AM
So we done gone and did it, American special forces on the ground leading YPG Kurdish militias and hired Syrian mercenaries have begun the operation to capture Raqqa with the intent on governing it for the future. RT even got some talk time with the guys on the ground. I will try to keep this update similar to the thread I do with the Battle for Mosul, but I may not keep it up too frequently until they get close. In the meantime, lets see whats going on shall we??

Looks like both sides have already scored some hits too.
#SDF forces besiege #ISIS -held town (Hisha) in northern #Raqqa countryside.
#Raqqa: #ISIS destroying #YPG Humvees with ATGM south of #Ayn_Issa today.

The race to Berlin has begun???

posted on Nov, 8 2016 @ 12:51 AM
a reply to: worldstarcountry

Please keep us updated. But not too much don't need to warn them.

posted on Nov, 8 2016 @ 12:56 AM
a reply to: Hermit777

I don't think I can give them more of an advantage than CNN or the BBC, especially considering they both narrowly escaped car bombs and firefights just yesterday. The BBC came especially close to being blown to bits, check it out if you did not already see it. It is one of the recent posts I added.

Looks like we will see similar weaponry deployed by both sides. It shocks me how many guided anti tank weapons are in ISIS hands ... they have been wreaking Hell on Iraqi and Kurdish forces during the Mosul OP.

Here are the lines thus far:

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posted on Nov, 9 2016 @ 02:13 PM
a reply to: worldstarcountry

That is scary being a reporter there is just not sure what it is but be safe and let BBC or CNN make the mistakes

posted on Nov, 15 2016 @ 12:48 AM
Holy #, I thought this OP was going to bore the # out of me, considering how Mosul has fissled out mostly. Was I wrong or what? French just blew the # outta some bad guys outside Raqqah!
The French Army blowing up #ISIS in #Raqqah , Good Job guys!

posted on Nov, 15 2016 @ 01:01 AM
a reply to: worldstarcountry

Its slow on the flow of intel out of this operation. Looks like they recently seized some weapons heading towards daesh. Thats always a plus.

#SAA have seized a huge quantity of weapons that was headed towards #ISIS in #Raqqa #Syria via the road of Atharya

posted on Nov, 15 2016 @ 02:56 AM
Hey ya'll, great thread OP...I thought that Raqqa was gonna be on hold for a little bit, due to what Trump said... i usually keep great tabs on this stuff but seems i slacked in the last couple of days...I have a vested interest in where we are fighting..I understand what's going on in Mosul at the moment but like I said need to catch up with the syrian Forces....

Also this is one of the best news sites I have found! It reports in real time as events unfold all over the world...Just select a topic and a country and its got the latest headlines....News now



posted on Nov, 22 2016 @ 01:02 AM
a reply to: paxnatus

They do no seem to be too concerned right now about an impending offensive??

also upon listening closely and seeing how to missile landed in the last video I posted, I think they may have used a Javelin missile.

posted on Nov, 22 2016 @ 01:23 AM

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posted on Nov, 25 2016 @ 11:10 PM
I meant to post this earlier today, but I got busy.
US serviceman dies after IED blast in Syria

An American serviceman has died after being wounded by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria, officials have said.

The man was fatally injured near the town of Ayn Issa, the US military's central command said.

Around 300 US servicemen and women are on the ground in support of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting Islamic State militants near Raqqa.

In a statement, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said: "The entire counter-Islamic State coalition sends our condolences to this hero's family, friends and teammates.

"On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from IS's hateful and brutal ideology."

posted on Nov, 25 2016 @ 11:13 PM
a reply to: worldstarcountry
They are arriving from Mosul now.

Black Hawks flying around in norther Raqqa

And we get some gopro cam footage mounted on a British soldier YPG volunteer.

i wonder if he crossed paths with this guy yet?

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posted on Nov, 26 2016 @ 04:31 PM

originally posted by: worldstarcountry
And we get some gopro cam footage mounted on a British soldier YPG volunteer.

I see the original user removed the video, but the beauty of the internet is, someone else will always have uploaded it
Although now seeing this other source, the video was not recent at all, but from earlier this year. Boots on the ground baby, boots on the ground!!!

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posted on Nov, 30 2016 @ 01:54 AM
So finally something else happened around Raqqa recently with US airstrikes taking down a daesh training camp. Courtesy of Al-Masdar News

Unfortunately for the US-backed SDF, Kurdish fighters have not gained any ground since capturing Tall es-Seman two weeks ago. If one is to believe some reports, this is primarily due to the SDF having to fend off Turkish-backed attacks en route to Manbij city in neighbouring Aleppo province.

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