The Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) were unable to yield any gains against the Islamic State’s forces in the northern Raqqa countryside on Monday, following the otherwise rapid capture of six villages yesterday.

Nevertheless, the US-led anti-ISIS coalition conducted a series of supportive air raids on ISIS militants in the Raqqa governorate. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the targets of the air strikes included Islamic State fighting positions and vehicles.

One US airstrike on the city of Tabqa killed Abdul Fattah al-Hassan al-Othman, an ISIS security official, a Kurdish outlet reported.

On the other hand, according to Amaq Agency, ISIS militants destroyed 6 SDF vehicles southeast of Ain Issa town on Monday after Kurdish forces sustained 49 casualties in their initial advance the day before.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the Damascus government, speculated that the Kurdish offensive on the predominately Arab city of Raqqa was merely intended to improve the SDF’s public relations and media coverage.

The SDF has upwards of 30,000 fighters mobilized for operation ‘Euphrates Wrath’. US special forces and advisors are also present on the ground alongside the Kurdish forces:

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American troops in Syria. It’s an invasion. Nobody invited them.

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Military counsellors and laser-spotting teams to guide air-strikes. An invasion is having the boots. Turkey is doing an invasion, this is very different.
You pointed that Kurds weren’t Syrians, thus, you recognize Kurdistan as not being Syria. They were invited by Kurdistan…

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First, if Turkey operation is an invasion, so American operation is an invasion too. Either your logical, either you are a propagendist.
Second, Raqqa is not Kurdistan. Syrian Kurdistan is north east Syria. So, Kurds stay in their shitty state in north east syria.
Third, Kurdistan doesn’t exist now, so they can invite nobody.

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Takuto Shinigami

Another troll showing up defending the satanists. Not worth replying.

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Both countries went into Syria for oil resources and power.
Like it or not: Assad has not invited either.
And he is the legitimate ruler/dictator.

The Kurds are natives and pursuing their own agenda.

The Sultan has openly claimed Aleppo as Turkish – US are still merely trespassing. But they may have further ambitions.
Or did I miss anything?

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I disagree. Both Turk and US are mostly in an advisory and technical role. While Syrian boots are dying.

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Kurdistan doesn’t exist. Maybe it will later, but as of now the Kurds are laying claim to what is still a part of Syria. US troops being there at the invitation of the Kurds means exactly nothing. The Syrian government is currently willing to allow the Kurds free reign because ‘the enemy of my enemy’, and will likely be forced to concede territory to them formally at some point because Syria and the SAA are in no shape to embark on another war once the jihadis are mopped up. But that doesn’t make the Kurds actions or the presence of… Read more »

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“Meanwhile, the Syrian Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the Damascus government, speculated that the Kurdish offensive on the predominately Arab city of Raqqa was merely intended to improve the SDF’s public relations and media coverage.” => Very likely to be it, moreover, they’re not so interested in Raqqa. The spring offensive also stalled then they rushed to Manbij. I wouldn’t be too surprised if there was a redirection to al-Bab with a clear red light given to Erdogan to not interfere… Nevertheless, the best way is still to suffocate Daesh by linking east/west Rojava as the FSA/Turkey are accomplice… Read more »

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Agreed. They need media coverage which can be re-coined into political support against the Sultan’s territorial ambitions..But even more they need weapons and ammo. Fairly standard, old practice to hire out as merc to get handouts. Once the goodies are there no paymaster can tell where they are used. For both the Kurds need to prolong action in Raqqa. Anglos are notorious for dropping allies once they did their job. So… p.s. Besides Kurd forces suffocate their adversaries with numbers and stamina. Not with elite Tigers. IMHO

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Stern Daler = Daeshbags Sux = kit. When you make propagenda, you need severals accounts. 😉 Just like CNN, NBC, the guardian, … Different names but same agency. 😉

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We merely all dislike disinformation. I do not know kit though. You should cross check what people know for such claims. Nobody can pay me. I am free and university trained in politics, sociology and history. CNN and co writers are IMHO too lazy to research and check their sources. Else maybe pushing the propaganda of the five-eyes-nations. The later are using the same propaganda tactic ever since the Spanish–American War. Or maybe earlier when the US was still a colony and they fought each other. Propagandists usually repeat the same narrative at the end of their articles or posts.… Read more »

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Zuzana Rehakova

I hate ISIS, but I hate even more their masters, the USA.
How on earth can those stupid Kurds fight for US interests?
USA is the land, which caused all kurdish troubles with ISIS in Syria. and those stupid Kurds fight now together with US.
I wish ISIS and Turkey would kill off all Kurds.
Kurds will be very very surprised, when USA will let them down after Kurds deliver, what US expects them to deliver.
Idiotic Kurds.

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Igor Dano

russians should deliver the coordinates to ISIL and help ISIL to target the retarded Kurds and their US puppet masters, who incited the war in 2011