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US combat airlift marks deepening involvement in Syria
WASHINGTON – The United States is deepening its involvement in the war against the Islamic State group after an unprecedented American airlift of Arab and Kurdish fighters to the front lines in northern Syria, supported by the first use of U.S. attack helicopters and artillery in the country. In addition to using helicopters to ferry rebels into combat near the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River, the U.S. also flew two Apache gunships and fired Marine 155mm artillery.
French defense chief: Battle for Syria's Raqqa within days
"Today we can say that Raqqa is encircled and that the battle will begin in the coming days. It will be a very hard battle but it will be an essential battle."
How Tabqa Dam collapse could snatch ISIS's defeat from jaws of victory
the dam is under strain and ISIS are claiming that it is on the verge of collapsing, reporting that all the equipment is down. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights conflict monitor and the Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently activist group both reported on Sunday that ISIS is already ordering an evacuation of Raqqa. The United Nations warned in February that a breach in the dam would have fatal consequences for those downstream.
The UN report said that heavy rain and snowfall in late January coupled with ISIS's opening of three of the dam's turbines resulted in flooding. Also, US airstrikes damaged its entrance in January. ISIS are, predictably, blaming the airstrikes completely for the severe strain the dam is reportedly under at present.
“As per local experts, any further rise of the water level would submerge huge swaths of agricultural land along the river and could potentially damage the Tabqa Dam, which would have catastrophic humanitarian implications in all areas downstream,” the report said.
BREAKING: Kurdish forces liberate Tabqa Airbase in Raqqa province
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:20 P.M.) – Moments ago, the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) managed to wrestle full control over Tabqa Airbase after a 24-hour long battle with ISIS insurgents.
An Arab contingent of the SDF reported the airbase fully liberated yesterday; however, clashes persisted at Tabqa Airbase throughout Sunday before the Islamic State finally pulled the plug, withdrawing its forces northwards to Tabqa city.
In addition, the US-backed SDF also liberated the desert village of Abu Rashid, roughly one kilometer west of Tabqa Airbase.
Kurdish forces are now set to encircle Tabqa city with overwhelming US air support. Meanwhile, ISIS claims US sorties are on the verge of destroying the adjacent Tabqa Dam.
Besides recapturing the dam, SDF said the U.S.-backed operation also aimed to block any advance by Syrian government forces from the west.
Kurdish troops killed across Raqqa amid overwhelming ISIS counter-offensive
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (19:15 P.M.) – On Saturday morning, ISIS militants launched two consecutive attacks in the province of Raqqa, targeting positions held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Spearheaded by a group of suicide bombers, ISIS militants attacked three Kurdish-held villages on the Euphrates River in eastern Raqqa, near the town of Karamah. The assault led to the death of 35 SDF troops, according to Amaq Agency.
In a simultaneous hit-and-run attack, a seasoned ISIS unit drove headlong towards SDF forward positions on the perimeter of Tabqa Airbase, resulting in an hour-long firefight.
The clashes at Tabqa Airport saw an additional 30 SDF fighters killed while 4 SDF technicals and a bulldozer were destroyed. Amaq also claimed ISIS militants captured a machine-gun manned pickup truck before pulling back towards Raqqa city.
The SDF is yet to address the Amaq Agency claims. Nevertheless, ISIS was unable to keep hold of any points it raided across Raqqa earlier today.
Published on May 4, 2017
May 2017. #US backed Forces have reportedly made Big Advances in the #Syrian town of #Tabqa which is the Gateway to #daesh #ISIS’s Self Declared capital, #Raqqa. The #Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (#SDF) are said to have taken control of nearly half the town. It comes at a time when the #Turkish President is Warning the US that it’s Support for Kurdish Groups in #Syria and #Iraq Must End. #Erdogan said #Turkey may take further Military Action against some Kurdish Fighters if Needed. Both the #USA and Turkey have Stepped Up their Presence along the Turkey - Syria Border with Troops and Armoured Vehicles moving through the area.
#Raqqa #Western_Countryside #Tabka:#DSF militias imposes a curfew in the city, the decision applied started from yesterday.
#EP_News #Raqqa #EP_Reporter:Electric current still outage with lack in drinking water concurrently with high prices of goods, bread 300SP.
Trump agrees to further arm Syrian Democratic Forces to seize Raqqa
“Yesterday [Monday], the president authorized the Department of Defense to equip Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces as necessary to ensure a clear victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Syria,” Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The US-led international anti-ISIS coalition has supported the SDF which is comprised of Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) fighters.
“The SDF, partnered with enabling support from U.S. and coalition forces, are the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future,“ read the statement.
Turkey has objected to the YPG’s participation in the Raqqa operation, and floated the idea of it backing the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to retake ISIS’s so-called capital.
“We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey,” White added. “We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the US is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally."
The Coalition has repeatedly said it only provides its weapons to the SAC.
Kurdish forces just three kilometers from Raqqa as ISIS loses control of key highway
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:25 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) scored a massive advance in an ISIS-held region directly east of Raqqa.
Amid a blitz US-backed offensive codenamed operation Euphrates Wrath (stage four), Kurdish units broke through a weak point in the jihadist defensive line on the outskirts of the provincial capital and liberates several villages from the Islamic State.
this is the best translation I could get from google
# Qdd and # Da'ash .... They are displacing the people of Al-Raqqa and the neighborhood and most of the areas under their control.
Preluded by joint US and Kurdish shelling on the highly fortified ‘Division 17th’ army base, the SDF launched a couple of diversionary attacks only to unleash the bulk of its seasoned fighters in a region little more than five kilometers east of Raqqa.
Over the past 48 hours, the YPG-led SDF have liberated the villages of Qaryat Abdallah, Dahr Al-Abdul, Badr, Annadah, Tall Zaidan and Thoul Nail.
At midnight, clashes even erupted in Raqqat as Samra, an ISIS-held town only three kilometers from Raqqa city. Notably, represents the last town on the main road leading to Raqqa city’s eastern neighborhoods.
Heavy clashes continue as we speak with both sides inflicting dozens of casualties on the other.
translated by google
The correspondent of the Orient News reported the death of 25 people and dozens injured by a motorbike attack targeting the military headquarters of the movement of Ahrar al-Sham, while the war on terror continues to kill more Syrian civilians, both by the flight # International Alliance for raids on areas controlled by The state, or by the very organization that kills civilians by bombing, mines and booby-trapped vehicles
When #Daesh film in the perspective of having "rejoicing" images but in the end it does not proceed as expected. Translated from French by google.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
Video footage obtained by Al-Masdar appears to show convoys of ISIS fighters fleeing the Syrian city of Raqqa untouched by the U.S. military, which is currently bombing that exact location. As Al-Masdar notes, despite having Kurdish and American drones hovering around the city of Raqqa, U.S. bombs are nowhere to be seen as hundreds of fighters pass safely. The release of this footage comes on the heels of accusations from both Russia and Iran that the U.S. is colluding with ISIS to allow the group’s safe passage into areas controlled by the Syrian government.
Free Euphrates @FreeEuphrates 21m21 minutes ago
#Daesh asked all the patients in Al-Mwasat Hospital to leave immediately. Daesh seems to have another plan for the hospital.