BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched their long-awaited Deir Ezzor offensive this past weekend, targeting the northern countryside of this province from their positions near the Al-Hasakah Governorate border.

The primary objective for the SDF is to reach the border-city of Albukamal, which has long been an Islamic State (ISIL) stronghold in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

However, the SDF taking control of Albukamal creates a problem for the Syrian government, as the city is home to the most important border-crossing into Iraq’s Al-Anbar Governorate.

To counteract the U.S.’ expansion, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has expedited its Deir Ezzor offensive by lifting the siege on the military airport and shifting their attention to the occupied districts in the provincial capital.

The Syrian Arab Army is now planning to cross the Euphrates River from the northern outskirts of the provincial capital in order to impede the SDF’s progress to Albukamal.

The Syrian Army has the boats needed to make the amphibious landing and they possess a much larger force to take the Islamic State stronghold, should they reach Albukamal before the SDF.

With the battle of Raqqa City still raging, it is unlikely that the SDF can dedicate enough military personnel to take Albukamal from the Islamic State forces in the coming months.

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Syria Forever
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I wouldn’t be that sure as the NATO-crime syndicates controls both side of the conflict as you can see right now in the Deir Ezzor province. The pawns of the NATO-crime syndicates, the so called “Kurdish forces” walk through Deir Ezzor like there is no enemy.
In any case let’s see and wait. Best wishes from my heart to the SAA and its brave soldiers, but I am confident that war is not over yet, not at all.

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bollocks

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I don’t see NATO anywhere, just USA, Turkey and Florian’s UK are from NATO.
USA are surely more puppets to the Saudis as these own 7% of the USA, they even demolished the 2 ugliest towers in NYC…
Funny how Brits divert their responsibility on NATO while they’re the ones who started the shit in Syria.
A way to punish Petrofac should be found…

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Than you have to look closer. In Syria as well in Iraq you will find them all. Best way to look at it is to start in “Barzanistan”. Up there you will find the whole crime-gang. I don’t know how many foreign companies are in Erbil but there is the best way to start, because in Erbil you will find every member of the NATO-crime syndicates and their friends to steal, plunder, murder and worse. Billions been stolen from Iraq and Syria since the NATO-crime syndicates assaulted Iraq back in the 90th. Just ask the people of Aleppo where the… Read more »
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I heard that Asad is biosex

hestroy
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IsraHelli puppets from USA are using their Kurdish puppets to steal as much land as possible. Poor Kurds. Useful idiots.

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Yes, “useful idiots” are the right words.

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See a doctor, you have verbal diariah

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Sorry to say but I disagree about “poor Kurds”. If you are an ignorant opportunist you will get, sooner or later, the invoice for it…

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By “poor” I mean stupid.

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SDF and ISIS are one team, stars and stripes, hence everything is possible.
However I sincerely hope, that RuAF will work overtime , also te heavy bombers and kickt those jewish proxies (sdf&USarmy&isis) out.

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Leith,
Abu Kamal lies on the western side of the Euphrates. The Syrian army has no need to cross the river to reach it.
There are other reasons why the army is planning to cross the river, this just isn’t one of them. You may want to expend on your thoughts regarding objectives on the eastern side of the Euphrates.
Great reporting otherwise. I enjoy your insight into the conflict. You were the first, as I recall to correctly report the second fall of Palmyra. And you’ve been ahead of everyone else on many occasions.

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While the article is correct in intent, it is partly incorrect as to content. SDF is already within the northern part of DeZ city, this morning fighting in Salhyia, along the hwy 7, two kms from the bank of the Euphrates.

SAA is not at the riverbank.

There will not be a crossing until those quarters as liberated. Building a bridge under IS fire, even if possible, will cause to many Russian losses.

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The rapid advance of USKurds can not be a surprise to anyone. At the command of the US, ISIS handed over the territory to the Kurds, just as they had previously handed over all North Syria.

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You have a lot of insider information, stop revealing it

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BULLSHIT. NO SDF OR YPG IS HEADING TO ABUCAMEL UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. STOP SPREADING SUCH NONSENSE PROPAGANDA. AND THE CURRENT OFFENSIVE IS NOT AN OPERATION BY THE ‘KURDS’. HERE ARE YESTERDAYS STATEMENTS BY Operation Cizire Storm commander Rojda Kobanê: Kobanê noted that the majority of the combatants joining the operation are ARAB fighters FROM Deir ez-Zor and said: “Many Arab fighters joined the offensive following the Deir ez-Zor Military Council’s announcement of the start of the operation in a press statement.” Replying to the question “What has made Deir ez-Zor to an objective worth heading for it?” Kobanê said: “We… Read more »