DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 P.M.) – This weekend, the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) advanced considerably along the southern bank of the Euphrates River, thereby wrestling control over three villages on the M4-highway leading to Deir Ezzor.

According to an Al-Masdar News partner website with credible Kurdish sources, the SDF imposed full control over the villages of Hussainiya, Kasrat Mohamed Ali and Ratlah along with Ittihad University.

These advances serve to cement the siege of Raqqa city while deterring the Islamic State from launching a counter-offensive to turn the tides in its self-proclaimed capital.

Meanwhile, the US-backed SDF captured the Al-Hal market and pushed into the Rawdah and Old City neighborhoods of Raqqa city, thus closing in on the impregnable city centre from its eastern flank.

SDF commanders also transferred considerable numbers of Kurdish militants from the neighboring governorates of Aleppo and Hasakah to join the battle for Raqqa. With all on one table for the US allies, these reinforcements will serve to help the Kurds expel ISIS from the 70% of the city which remains under jihadist control.

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Floriangeyer
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I agree with you Deo Cass.

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Jean Howard

The terrorist state of Turkey which was born out of the ashes of a corrupted criminal Ottoman Empire was already loaded with hatred and inherited a culture of genocide and oppression. From the first day of its establishment it saw the Armenian genocide and the extermination of Assyrians and Kurds as an achievement and a victory.

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Kurds are stealing land again.

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your ISIS leader Erdogan is a “backstabbing” Turkish Ottoman Pasha.
Erdogan “has a long and ignoble history of betraying political associates, trading partners and military allies; of pledging friendship and then bombing his ‘friends’ and murdering citizens…Erdogan became more rabidly ‘Islamist’, chauvinistic and megalomaniacal – ‘Neo-Ottoman. Erdogan’s road to absolutist power is strewn with indiscriminate purges, terror and deceit; violence against environmental and liberal protestors…terror bombing against activists and democrats; and war against Kurds.”

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The assessment here is wrong. The only scope of these advances south are squarely directed against the Syrian Arab Army not ISIS. The Syrian Arab Army needs to make a push Eastwards to relaim all of the oil and gas fields in the area before they are stolen by tge US proxies of SDF.

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I add, if the Syrian Arab Army does not act NOW it will nlt only lose all of its natiral resoirces in the area but will also lose Deir Ezzur city to the Amercan invaders and their Kurdish mecenaries who are alien to this Arab city.

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Desperate looser Erdogan would even cooperate with Assad to demolish anything Kurdish. “Erdogan is creating a more authoritarian state as he tightens his grip on state institutions and media in the wake of the failed military coup of 15 July. He justifies his actions as reactions to crises, such as the Turkish Kurd insurgency, that are in large part his own creation. Isis, whose volunteers were once allowed to cross the Turkish-Syrian border with little trouble, are now creeping back to carry out suicide bombings in Turkey.”

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The Turkish Tyrant dictator Erdogan did not devise state sponsored terrorism. It was Ataturk, Father of the Turkish Republic, out of fear of the non-Turks, who applied this tactic to control the Kurdish uprisings. Ataturk was the first to commit genocides against the Kurds. The Turkish reign of terror has been going on since the early 1920s. As a Kemalist Islamist-fascist, soon-to-be-Sultan Erdogan reintroduced and intensified his state terrorism and fear mongering in 2015.

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Erdogan’s terrorist regime decidedly has created a political crisis, chaos, instability, and economic uncertainty. Using this fear factor, nationalist and even secular Turks who have been uninterested in his agenda are submitting to an Islamist regime. He did not stamp upon the path of utilizing this “fear factor” accidentally. As long as he keeps killing Kurds, this has become his deliberate and systematic way of intimidating those that criticize him, and he pushes the public to support him. Perhaps, his staged coup in mid-July of 2016 was one way to keep riding on the waves of manufactured chaos, fear, and… Read more »

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For being more tolerant of all of the religions in the world, being anti-terrorists, and pro-secular-western democracy; it is not surprising why none of these Islamic terrorist states have any respect for the Kurds. The Islamic Republic of Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran are the worst enemies of the Kurds. With the help from Ankara, ISIS terrorists were able to utterly destroy the Yazidi-Kurdish community, killing all of the male population that they could find, including baby boys, and enslaving most of the females. This devastation must be seen as one the biggest atrocities committed against any ethnic… Read more »