BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The battle against the Islamic State in the Euphrates River Valley region might be nearing its end, but the U.S. military still remains deployed across the territories controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria.

Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of victory against the Islamic State, the American troops in Syria still maintain an imperative presence near the Syrian government’s front-lines in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

There is a good reason for the U.S.’ deployment in this area: the Iranian forces are present along the western bank of the Euphrates River, with a large concentration military personnel between Al-Salihiyah to the north and Albukamal to the south.

Speaking from the capital city of Damascus, a Syrian military source told Al-Masdar this morning that only a few hundred meters separate the U.S. Armed Forces and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

In addition to the presence of IRGC personnel, it is also believed that Iranian-backed groups like Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi forces are also active in this region; however, it is difficult to confirm because they operate separately of the Syrian military.

The IRGC, on the other hand, has made it known that they are present in eastern Syria, especially with the recent footage of their forces hacking a U.S. drone.

With Iran’s heavy presence in the Euphrates River Valley region, the U.S. will likely keep their forces along the eastern bank, where they can keep a close eye on the IRGC.

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Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2019-03-28 17:29

So, will IRGC have the bälls to attack the “great Satan” now they’re separated just by a few hundred yards or are they cowards only able to treacherously use proxies like they did to attack US embassies?

PROTON
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2019-04-06 16:20
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They are not cowards and bloodthirsty like the israelis.

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2019-03-29 07:44

US and SDF do weĺ to keep sufficient forces along the river. Given agressive speeches by Assad and Iranian leaders, they indicate a willingness to attack the region, after abandoning it 7 years ago to IS.

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2019-03-29 07:49
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the repaired bridge, the dams over and in the river in and near Raqah gives them a rapid reaction possibility at the other side of the river, which SAA does not gave.

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George King
2019-03-30 16:51
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You don’t know the history or you practice hasbra? When the SAA approached the dam and river to secure and remove the invaders the US Air Force bombed them even on the south side of the river to keep them away from Raqua and dam on the northeast bank of the Euphrates River.

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2019-03-30 16:47
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So in your logic if you flee your burning house to escape the flames to your yard you are abandoning your house? Nuts!

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ms. k.
2019-04-01 06:17
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They rightly challenge their territory. Or do you, Karel, want to give a piece of Holland away? Or should I now also say that you are being paid by a Western troll factory to place such comments? Again. Even for ordinary people, this would have to be understandable: Neither the US, Israel nor Saudi Arabia nor Belgium, France or possibly Holland have the right to be stationed in Syria. THAT is the aggression. Not Bashar al-Assad. What a ridiculous comment. It is still in violation of international law. This will not change until you are all out. Without your illegitimate… Read more »