Since October of 2015, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured some 50 villages in eastern Aleppo during an offensive which halted the ISIS-imposed siege on Kuweiris Airbase. Furthermore, government forces have advanced along the M45-highway (Hama to Raqqah) and reached the western fringes of ar-Raqqah province while also completely repelling the ISIS offensive which had the government supply route to Aleppo cut last week.

Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken firm control of the northern region of the ar-Raqqah governorate. Last year, Kurdish forces won a last-minute battle against ISIS at Kobane city. Moreover, the YPG seized upon vital momentum and remarkably captured the entire Turkish-Syrian border area which stretches from ar-Raqqah to Hasakah together with hundreds of ISIS-held villages.

Since Russia launched its airstrikes on the Islamic State, the self-proclaimed caliphate has shrunk approximately 20% in Iraq and Syria respectively. For now, ISIS controls less than 10% of the Turkish border while both Kurdish and Syrian troops have made considerable encroachments upon the governorate of ar-Raqqah. The latter’s provincial capital is arguably the most important stronghold of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s forces.

Hardly a year old, ISIS proclaimed it was now a state and quickly expelled rebel forces from all areas with even the slightest ISIS presence. Later, the notorious group put itself on the lips of the world audience with terrorist attacks in the Middle East, Paris and even the United States of America.

However, given the current rate of advances by the Iraqi Army, Syrian Arab Army and YPG/SDF, the caliphate is likely to be wiped off the map in Iraq and Syria within a few years. Nevertheless, the Islamic Sate has now established itself elsewhere in the region; most notably in Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia.

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The fact that the Kurdish separatists and the Syrian loyalists are working together against ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Western backed rebels proves that, despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than the USA would have imagined.

Izat Charkatli
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Izat Charkatli

Concessions by the Syrian government were made to the Kurds to ensure the unity of the Syrian land. In return for a decentralized Syria, the Syrian Army will work with the SDF to create a terror-free Syria.

zaz
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zaz

There are no Kurdish separatists. It is just a wet dream.

Disciple of Tyrump
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Disciple of Tyrump

@neon_shadows So another year at this rate?

Colin Parkinson
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Colin Parkinson

Brings a tear to my eye, it does……uh sorry that was a speck of dust.

Zafer Abokerch
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Zafer Abokerch

And this one political/military reality signifies the defeat of American policy in the world. Of course American policy means Israeli policy. Israeli policies means dark/Rothschild/illuminati/the Crown/etc. policy. These dark powers wanted world domination for evil purposes. This is an empire going into collapse and more. It is an evil plan to enslave the world being stood up to. One small defeat and one giant step toward a peaceful, win-win, cooperative world. May it be.

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Johannes

What seems to be happening currently is that as Obama administration sees that the backing of “moderate opposition” aka. “Al-Nusra and Co.” will not bear fruit in time and will not lead ousting Assad from power, they will increasingly start supporting the Kurds who are kicking Daesh (IS) a*s with success. I would see that Raqqa will be liberated before the U.S. presidental election in November, and this will be marketed as a triumph of democratic party’s foreign policy. The public is too ignorant to understand that US’s support to the “moderate opposition” was one major prolonging factor for the… Read more »

Ali Chin
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Ali Chin

Patay tayo dyan.

Andrew Sivaram
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Andrew Sivaram

Time to clean out the ISIS trash in Raqaa….

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Sean_in_Nyc

As the SAA and Kurds close in, there will also be local uprisings by tribes who have been living under the IS jacksandals. When they start rising up, we will know its over for Raqqah.