The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has reportedly recaptured the strategic town of ‘Ayn Issa in the Al-Raqqa Governorate after a series of violent firefights with the U.S. backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) on Wednesday afternoon.

‘Ayn Issa is strategically located near the Turkish border with the Al-Raqqa Governorate; it was captured from ISIS earlier this year, resulting in the aforementioned terrorist group losing one of their most important border-crossings into Turkey.

ISIS is currently on the offensive in the Aleppo Governorate’s northern countryside, despite losing the imperative Tishreen Dam to the Syrian Democratic Forces and the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) last weekend.

In addition to their attack on northern Al-Raqqa, ISIS is currently attacking the Turkish-backed “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), Jabhat Al-Shamiyah (Levantine Front), and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham at the small villages of Harjalah, Dalhah, Hewer Kilis, and Qarah Mazra’ah along the Turkish border with the Aleppo Governorate.

Currently, ISIS has backed off of the east Aleppo and west Raqqa fronts in order to secure a supply route from the Turkish border; this is one of the many reasons why they have concentrated most of their reserves to these once stagnate fronts in northern Syria.

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Zach Smith
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Zach Smith

Smile boys … You’re making the morning news

Ana Georgieva
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Ana Georgieva

🙁

Lukas Sambido Becker
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Lukas Sambido Becker

Yeah with the help of their brothers on the Turkish border.

Stewart Thomson
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Stewart Thomson

Yep, was going to say the very same.

Parkhanita Urmi
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Parkhanita Urmi

Well take it back again

Lukas Sambido Becker
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Lukas Sambido Becker

I take it the SDF are Kurds, I doubt they will take it back so easily when the Kurds are being pressured from the north by Turkey and south by IS. Unless Russia launches some sorties up their but that’s doubtful as it’s more of US coalition airspace.

Stewart Thomson
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Stewart Thomson

SDF is a coalition of Kurds and Arabs, supported by US air strikes.

Lukas Sambido Becker
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Lukas Sambido Becker

I’m always weary of any group that is .U.S. Backed these days.

Do you know of they’re view/stance towards the Syrian regime?

Stewart Thomson
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Stewart Thomson

Not with them but not fighting against them, the SDF which includes YPG and YPJ peoples protection units are simply fighting ISIS and other Jihadist groups such as Al-Nursa and Al-Sham. When this is all over I would expect them to broker a peace deal with the SRA.

Daahireeto Mohamud
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Daahireeto Mohamud

the US wants to use the Kurds ans ome tribal Arabs to blunt Russian led campiang in Syria, Washington is seemingly planning to take over eastern adn Northeastern Syria from ISIS and then launch offensive against Syrian army in central and western Syria, keeping that in mind I would not support Kurdish/tribal takeover of Raqqa or Manbij and Al Bab, the Kurds should not be tools of teh US against Syrian government and Russia.

David Calado
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David Calado

Maybe the news of ain issa fall are grossly exagerated? It seems that the attack failed.

David Calado
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David Calado

The news were greatly exagerated. It seems that SDF is clearing Ayn Issa from the last IS terrorists.

Lene Cortsen-Diaz
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Lene Cortsen-Diaz

What a shame… but, SAA will get it back again.