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Operation Raqqa (Syria) Begins - November 7, 2016

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posted on Feb, 18 2017 @ 06:53 PM
Some more recent events in the area as reported by French Press. Some close battle scenes in there.

posted on Mar, 8 2017 @ 09:57 AM
Here is a recent news bulletin from Raqqa, as well as a handful of twitter resources which are keeping the world up to date about the situation there.

posted on Mar, 15 2017 @ 12:09 AM
This video was uploaded last week, coalition forces holding ground and exchanging fire with enemy fighters down range. I think an A-10 thunderbolt (warthog) made a cameo at the one minute mark. You don't see it, but it sure sounds like it. The soldiers seemed quite ecstatic to hear it overhead as well. Someone got #ed up, thats for sure.

IDP's fleeing the same day. Looks and sounds like this is happening nearby the video above.

More activity a few days later. Some rooftop and truck mounted units laying it down as they push forward. These guys have some damn good forward momentum, unlike the Saudis in Yemen, they are absolutely the suck!

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posted on Mar, 19 2017 @ 12:06 AM
Updates from the 15th I missed. SAA and Russian coalition are trying to blitz through Palmyra in an effort to reach Raqqa with haste, while the Kurdish led NATO* Coalition is right around the corner and just getting underway on the outskirts. Looks like both sides may meet there by or before Easter to me. I wonder if Turkish/FSA coalition will jump into the fray??

#Raqqa: Video shows massive destruction in #Raqqa after airstrikes today.
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posted on Mar, 26 2017 @ 01:17 PM
Over the weekend saw some serious activity. With the Syrian/Russia coalition making hasty progress Eastward from Palmyra and Aleppo province, the NATO* and Kurdish coalition had to pick up the pace. US Marines made an air combat lift of SDF forces and US marines towards the Tabqa dam just west northwest of Raqqa. The dam is vulnerable to destruction or sabotage from either Daesh or coalition action, which would pretty much destroy Raqqa and lead to thousands of dead. Lets hope that does not happen.

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.

I will add videos in the following reply relevant to this weekends actions.

posted on Mar, 26 2017 @ 01:35 PM
This occurred a few days prior to the airlift. HIMARS shelling towards Raqqa city.

posted on Mar, 26 2017 @ 02:59 PM
Looks like coalition forces have just momentarily ago taken full control of the Tabqa airbase not far from the dam. This has removed one of the most important training sites of new recruits from the ISIS scourge.

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.

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