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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:04 P.M.) – Reports are coming in that US-backed forces have launched an all-out offensive against the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups near two government-held towns in Deir Ezzor province.

Moments ago, opposition sources began to report that forces of the US-led Deir Ezzor Military Council began storming positions of the Syrian Army and National Defence Forces at the government-held towns of Khashim and Tabiyyah on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River as part of an determined assault to capture the settlements.

The assault by the Deir Ezzor Military Council is being backed up by artillery, however, so far no instances of airstrikes by coalition warplanes against positions of the Syrian Army and allied forces have been reported.

The Deir Ezzor Military Council is a completely separate entity from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Rather than just receiving military support from the US-led coalition, its fighters – virtually all ethnic Arabs – are actually on the payroll of the US Department of State and under the direct strategic guidance of the Pentagon (quite like the Free Syrian Army mercenaries at Al-Tanf).

No gains by US-backed forces appear to have happened yet. Sources are stressing that the SDF is in no way involved in the offensive.

Updates to follow.

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US rats on the work ❓
Free game for the turks lead by Erdogollum…
SDF not involved ❓ Hum, They watch. Anyway, more SSA here => less SAA on idlib => more green rats to f**k the kurds.

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f**k!
It will probably force Russians to deploy Su-35, Su-34 and S-400…
Maybe should they do the Flying-Tigers trick having SyAAF roundels and declare they sold S-400 to Syria in order to avoid an all out war if they have to shoot down some F-22. Thus, a Flanker downing a F-22 would do GREAT advertising to Sukhoi and Vympel for sure… But the Yankees would also be really furious after such an humiliation with all they advertised their so-called precious as invincible…

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you do realise that the coalition has much more air and naval assets in the area than the russians do, us has a carrier strike group and the coalition have over 100 jets stationed around the middle east, not to mention your precious sukoi planes have the radar signature of a barn door… good luck… and i thought id mention that the us has more f22s operational than russia has su 30s and su 35s, i doubt they would want to waste them

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This makes it perfectly reasonable for the Syrian air force to attack these Syrian rebels east of the Euphrates and those at al-Tanf and al-Zuqf.
And the Americans should be warned that if they use “coalition” (i.e. American) air power, the Russians will join the Syrians in defence.

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considering we have seen israel strike the assad regime multiple times… and the russians did nothing… i doubt the russians will intervene, its also important to note most of russian air assets in syria are air to ground fighters, same with saa, and the syrian airforce is incredibly weak, the coalition have more airpower in the area than russia and saa combined

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Whoa! So you have one arm of the US Government saying they don’t want issues with the Syrian Government and another that launches an unprovoked attack on that same latter government’s troops???
In either case, the forces of any US department were never invited in by the Syrian Government nor the UN???

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technically this recent fighting stems from the syrian armys unprovoked assault on sdf positions east of the euphrates (dier ezzor military council is part of the sdf) even pro saa sources dont deny that assad backed forces tried to move into the oilfields east of dier ezzor also why do i always see pro russians like yourself mention legality in reference to the UN when the UN is not on the side of assad or russia, they continually condem the non-stop massacres commited by the syrian and russian airforce, these airforces constantly break un convention by using heavy munitions in… Read more »