DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:20 P.M.) – Al-Masdar News has obtained exclusive information regarding rare clashes between the Russian-backed Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the western countryside of Raqqa.

Three days ago, the two armies opened fire on one another and blasted each other’s rearguard positions with artillery shells around the frontline town of Al-Mushayrifah, located directly west of Tabqa city.

The firefights took place after ISIS rapidly withdrew from around 20 villages on the southern bank of Lake Assad, prompting both the SAA and SDF to move in on the abandoned area in a moment of opportunism.

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With the SAA’s Tiger Forces quickly seizing all the villages, clashes erupted with the SDF which resulted in the destruction of 2 Kurdish technicals and 3 SAA vehicles.

Although skirmishes have largely halted in western Raqqa since then, the increased tensions pose a threat to a SAA garrison stationed across Kurdish-held Manbij in Aleppo province.

In addition, new clashes are likely to ignite with both the SAA and SDF racing across ISIS-held territory in Raqqa province.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Stupid from Kurds : they will face to the Turkish Golem 🙁 Does they want thast ❓
    A separation line should clear, SDF has not to cross this line, because, SDF has not to rule entire Syria.

  2. Essentially the US employs terror gangs with a simple contract. ” You get to keep some of the spoils of war and we (the US) will ignore your barbarity because we get more power over other peoples lands.

  3. if sdf try to grab land without saa permission and if sdf refuse saa to enter raqqa city then hit this sdf slave of US dont sit and think about them they will beocme traiotor that time and take them as enemy like ISIL and destroy thier backers US

      • Yep, and there are joint held areas too.
        Anyway, this has more to be seen as friendly fire than anything else.
        Things can go fast, everybody has technicals, from a few hundred meters, you may not see well who do they belong to, you shoot before asking, then return fire, etc…
        I don’t think there’ll be consequences.
        Let’s hope there weren’t casualties and such clashes will be avoided as much as possible as we all have the same common enemies : the roaches!

  4. With the rapid change in frontlines it is very difficult to prevent clashes without good coordination.
    If you see troops moving in on your location without any knowlegde of it you respond with force.
    If the SDF mistakanly saw SAA units for retreating/attacking Daesh units and fired upon them than SAA would retaliate against them.
    SAA and SDF should coordinate effords when both fronts meet to prevent firefights between their forces.

    • Yes they should coordinate but :
      “SDF captured Al Ajrawi, Jubb al-Ghulah and Jubb al-Jahlan from ISIS”

      So why to go south, and not east ❓ Raqqa is north-east from theses locations.
      I guess USA try to send some sheet 🙁

      • Daesh probably retreated southeast and SDF took the oppertunity to secure the area before they could take it again. It are just some houses in a desert area, no important infrastructure or resources/farmland. Would not be supprised if SDF would hand over these villages to SAA. The whole tabqa area will be eventually handed over to a local council of local arabs. SDF just need the area to secure raqqa eastern and southern flanks.