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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:00 P.M.) – US-backed troops scored a symbolic victory in Raqqa province this weekend as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took full control of the famed Tabqa Airbase after a brief battle with ISIS insurgents.

With ISIS expelled from the airport, Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) serving under the SDF banner discovered multiple Syrian jets left behind by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in 2014 following a prolonged siege.

In August that year, some 200 captive Syrian soldiers were marched through the Raqqa desert and killed by Islamic State combattants in a tragic mass execution.

More pictures of YPG troops posing in front of the damaged Syrian warplanes:

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Nestor Arapa
Nestor Arapa
2017-03-29 00:21
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Me gustaría que SDF y el gobierno Sirio luchen juntos contra un enemigo común, El islamista Erdogan miembro de Hermanos Musulmanes, este grupo considerado terrorista en Egipto.

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Diana
2017-03-29 05:50
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El problema, Nestor, es que los kurdos todavía son “rebeldes”; es decir, se han aliado con Israel y los EEUU para derrocar al gobierno sirio. Es más, su líder, Salih Muslim, sostuvo en 2011 una reunión con Alain Juppe y el canciller Ahmet Davutoğlu en Paris para concertar un acuerdo que habría regalado el norte de Siria a los kurdos sublevados al caer el gobierno legítimo de Damascus. http://www.voltairenet.org/article190968.html

Ex-Command Turkish Arm Forces on exile
Ex-Command Turkish Arm Forces on exile
2017-03-29 12:14
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You are full of bullshits

Jonamar99
Jonamar99
2017-03-29 18:29
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Desafortunadamente algunos de los grupos kurdos fuertes tomaron ventaja de la guerra para impulsar la autonomía o la independencia, lo que resultará en la división de Siria. Ahora controlan una gran parte del territorio en el norte, con la ayuda de los Estados Unidos y sin coordinación con el legítimo gobierno sirio. Esto es una cosa muy ingrata de hacer porque los gobiernos de Syria durante los años protegieron a los kurdos y les dieron plenos derechos como ciudadanos sirios, a diferencia de Turquía donde son tratados como ciudadanos de segunda clase. La posición kurda también alentó a Turquía a… Read more »

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Flay the Daeshbags
2017-03-28 23:16
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Too bad they’re not usable. It would surely help the SDF out.

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SeanInNYC
2017-03-29 11:32

Those things look like Vietnam war leftovers.