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Focus: The Anti-Islamic State Offensive in Syria - Mar 17, 2017

By bartolo - Posted on 17 March 2017

Syrian Kurdish YPG says Raqqa attack to start in early April - US News

Kurdish forces renew push towards Raqqa city, Al-Kulayb and Hamad Assad villages liberated from ISIS -

VIDEO: US-Backed Kurdish forces celebrate capture of Raqqa provincial village al-Hoos from Islamic State - Yahoo News

Kurds call on Trump to establish safe zones in SDF-held territory in northern Syria - ARA News

Opposition party offices closed, members arrested by the Kurdish Rojava administration - Rudaw

UN report counters Amnesty claim that YPG and SDF have committed ethnic cleansing in Syria - Rudaw

UN says Syrian Kurdish YPG forcibly conscripts men, boys for military service - ekurd

YPG to participate in Raqqa operation: US military officer - Daily Sabah

Syrian Democratic Forces continue to ‘build Arab element’: US coalition - Sputnik

US-led coalition says no plans to incorporate Rojava Peshmergas in fight against ISIS in Syria - ARA News

Coalition spokesman Col. Dorrian estimates ISIS has around 2,000 fighters left in Mosul and 3,000-4,000 in Raqqa - EHSANI2 on Twitter


VIDEO: Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Dorrian briefs reporters on Raqqa progress -

TRANSCRIPT: Department of Defense press briefing by Col. Dorrian -

US-led coalition strikes destroy Daesh drone facility near Raqqa - Sputnik

U.S. military likely to send as many as 1,000 more ground troops into Syria ahead of Raqqa offensive, officials say - Washington Post

CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack: sources - Reuters

State Dept official says US continues to work with Kurdish YPG in Syria, 'but we also recognize Turkey's concerns' - ARA News

Turkey wants diplomatic solution on Syria's Manbij, defense minister says - Reuters

Turkey prepares new Arab army to fight Kurdish YPG with leaders of some 50 Syrian tribes -

Assault on al Raqqa commences, but cooperation between US and Russia coalitions is critical - Lima Charlie News

The roles of the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Israel in Syria: moving towards the end of the war - Elijah J M

Trump deserves a chance to deal with Russia over Syria - The National Interest




Syrian Army liberates Umm Zulaylah, Tall Ayoub, Hazazeh and Al-Kreen villages in eastern Aleppo, encircles ISIS bastion Deir Hafer -

Syrian army further outflanks Deir Hafer from southern direction, gains the villages of Khassaf and Zubayda and hill top -

Syrian army retakes Kiyariyah village located directly north of the ISIS-held city of Deir Hafer in Eastern Aleppo -

Tiger Forces liberate Harmalah village near ISIL's stronghold Deir Hafer in east Aleppo -

Russian airstrikes target the Islamic State’s positions inside the Deir Hafer Plain of east Aleppo -

ISIS deploys large fighting force to keep hold of last stronghold Deir Hafer in Aleppo -

ISIS actively prepares for protracted defense of Raqqa -

Islamic State launches fresh suicidal attacks on Deir Ezzor Airbase -

Syrian, Russian jets launch nonstop airstrikes over Deir Ezzor -

Syrian army repels ISIS attacks in Deir Ezzor -

Syrian army expands buffer-zone around Palmyra -

Syrian Army liberates Palmyra gas fields as ISIL's defenses collapse north of city -


Russia sends 150 demining experts to Syria's Palmyra: agencies - Reuters


1,000 Servicemen of 5th Legion completed training by Russian instructors in Damascus (PHOTOS) -

Syria peace talks in Astana close with no sign of rebels - Reuters

Syrian opposition ignored Astana talks after Erdogan's failure in meeting with Putin: source -

New round of Astana talks on Syria to be held in May: Russian official - Kurdpress News Aganecy


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