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Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:12 PM

 

Syrian Arab Army on the verge of liberating Raqqa Province!

The continued advance of Syrian and allied forces is now ready to enter Raqqa Province, where the so-called Islamic State Caliphate has its capital, in Raqqa city. Despite negative attitudes of some Western leaders and military commanders to these rapid successes, Syrian government forces (assisted by Iranian and Hezbollah units and Russian air power) are winning important victories not just in the country's Northeast, but also in the Northwest, in central Syria near Palmyra and in the Eastern suburbs of Damascus further South. No matter what one might think of President Assad for other reasons, he should be given credit where credit is due for such success in smashing the Islamic State and driving it from more and more of his country's territory. In that, if in nothing else, he, his army and his allies do deserve our thanks.




Syrian Arab Army tanks near Kweyris military base in Aleppo Province, Nov. 2015.


Syrian Army Gains Upper Hand in Fight Against ISIL in Aleppo


The Syrian government forces have gained the upper hand in their fight against Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists in the eastern part of Aleppo province and have advanced near Deir Hafer region, FARS news agency reported.

If Deir Hafer is captured by the Syrian Army’s elite special operation unit known as the Tiger Forces the Syrian troops will be in position to re-enter Raqqa province after being expelled by ISIL in August 2014.

Currently, the Tiger Forces are within 5 kilometers from the Western district of Deir Hafer, having left the militants in a vulnerable position with very little resources to counter the offensive, a military source told FARS News.

Earlier this month, ISIL lost the Kuweires military airport. Since then, the terrorists’ defenses have been falling apart all over the eastern part of Aleppo. This has opened the way for the Tiger Forces and their allies to advance to areas previously considered inaccessible.

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Read more at: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151129/1030957068/syrian-army-advances-raqqa.html

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another_liberal Nov 2015 OP
Comrade Grumpy Nov 2015 #1
another_liberal Nov 2015 #4
Hortensis Nov 2015 #2
another_liberal Nov 2015 #5
Hortensis Nov 2015 #6
Comrade Grumpy Nov 2015 #3
another_liberal Nov 2015 #7
Comrade Grumpy Nov 2015 #8
LanternWaste Oct 2016 #9

Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:27 PM

1. "Syrian Army Advances Against Islamic State East of Aleppo: Syrian State TV"

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/28/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate-idUSKBN0TH0BN20151128

The Syrian army captured territory from Islamic State east of Aleppo including several kilometers (miles) of highway linking the city with the jihadists' de facto capital of Raqqa, Syrian state TV reported on Saturday.

The areas reported captured are east of the Kweires, air base seized from Islamic State control on Nov. 10 in one of several offensives being waged by the Syrian army with support from Russian air strikes, Iranian forces, and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.

Reuters could not independently confirm the report.

A headline flashed on state TV said the army had captured the two villages of Kaskis and Akula and wide areas of agricultural land, seizing tunnels and fortifications built by the jihadists, and were demining areas mined by the group.

The villages are about 60 km (40 miles) east of Aleppo.

The highway mentioned in the report runs southeast from Akula to the west of the Euphrates river. The road passes through Islamic State-held Tabqa on its way to Raqqa, which is 150 km (90 miles) from Akula.

The Syrian government and its allies have also made gains against Islamic State to the southeast of Homs.

They are also waging offensives against non-Islamic State insurgents in western regions of Syria, gaining ground in the northwestern province of Latakia and to the south of Aleppo, while losing territory in Hama province.

(Writing by Tom Perry)


Read more at Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/28/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate-idUSKBN0TH0BN20151128#9JXTvQBfvB4FgMIK.99

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:41 PM

4. I think those black flag guys are about ready to make a run for it back into Iraq . . .

 

Or maybe just go underground completely. Without oil sales to Turkey or large populations to tax, they will soon only have Saudi and Gulf State financial aid to rely on.

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Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:28 PM

2. :)! NY Times has a good article today on how Daesh, losing

seriously to the U.S. and allies in Syria and Iraq, which are squeezing them monetarily as well as militarily, is moving a lot of its leadership to about 8 small groups in other nations, the largest and most successful established in a port town in Libya. Attacks like the ones in Paris are part of this backup plan, trying to maintain the invincible winner image that draws adherents by scattered terrorist attacks.



The red dots indicate terrorist attacks linked to Daesh, which may find it harder to persuade populations not to fight now that its murderous reputation is out there.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/world/middleeast/isis-grip-on-libyan-city-gives-it-a-fallback-option.html?ref=world&_r=0

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:42 PM

5. Thanks for the link . . .

 

I will certainly look at that.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:48 PM

6. Thank you too. Daesh murders have already started

in the town they hold in Libya, of course.

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Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:33 PM

3. "YPG, Allies Clash With Syrian Opposition Groups in Aleppo"

 

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ypg-and-allies-clashes-syrian-opposition-groups-aleppo-633986086

YPG, allies clash with Syrian opposition groups in Aleppo

Both sides in violence, including elements of the Free Syrian Army, involve groups backed by the US

Fierce fighting has broken out in Aleppo between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - a coalition of Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups and the (Kurdish) People’s Protection Units (YPG) - and other Syrian opposition groups including Ahrar al-Sham, the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front and other FSA factions.

Following the clashes, fighters from the Fatah Halab coalition - which includes Ahrar al-Sham and FSA brigades - reportedly took control of the villages of Keshtar and Tanab from SDF forces on Sunday.

Sources on Twitter also claimed that scores of opposition fighters had been killed as they continued to attempt to retake the SDF-controlled village of Maryamin.

Video released on YouTube showed fighters in Keshtar from Liwa Suqour al Jabal - a group reportedly vetted by the CIA - burning SDF flags while chanting “Allahu Akbar!”

Clashes were continuing in Aleppo around the Sheikh Maqsud area on Sunday.

Sheikh Maqsud, a majority-Kurdish district of Aleppo, has been a flashpoint between the YPG and other opposition groups for some time.

Though there had been a tentative power sharing agreement in the past, the area has recently come under bombardment from Nusra and other rebel groups.

On Friday, a statement released by Liwa Ahrar Suriya, an Aleppo-based rebel group, warned that Sheikh Maqsud had become a “military zone” and referred to the YPG as the PKK, the acronym of the YPG's sister party, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, in Turkey.

"The PKK is cooperating with Russia against rebels, trying to cut the supply line to Aleppo," read the statement, referring to the YPG's support for Russian airstrikes against "jihadist" groups.

Yasser Abdul Raheem, a leader of Fatah Halab, also claimed that forces from Jaish al-Thuwwar - an FSA faction of the SDF - had killed 20 civilians in Tanab on Saturday.

However, the Kurdish Hawar news agency claimed instead that the killings had been carried out by Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham.

The fighting is likely to be a further headache for the US, which has been involved in training and supporting groups on both sides of the clashes.

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Much more at the link.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:50 PM

7. "Vetted by the CIA"?

 

"Vetted" for what, their ability to move Syrian oil, Afghan heroin, and captive sex slaves quickly and efficiently through their territories?

Give me a fucking break media!

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:58 PM

8. Your tax dollars at work...supporting violent Islamic radicals.

 

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 3, 2016, 03:01 PM

9. Cool little bumper sticker you've designed.

Cool little bumper sticker you've designed. But it's not much else than a bumper-sticker that coolly strokes that necessary little bias.

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