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SDF advance 8km against ISIS in Deir ez-Zor

By Rudaw 3/5/2018
Members of the SDF pictured this week in Deir ez-Zor. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
Members of the SDF pictured this week in Deir ez-Zor. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The SDF advanced more than eight kilometres in what they say is the final phase of their operation against ISIS in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border. 

The SDF, with the global anti-ISIS coalition advanced on the al-Baghuz axis, announced Kino Gabriel, spokesperson for the force, on Thursday evening. 

Al-Baghuz is located on the Euphrates River near the Iraqi border in Deir ez-Zor province. It is one of a string of villages and towns along the river, the largest of which is Hajin. 

Clashes “continue at a violent pace” along the eastern bank of the Euphrates, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Thursday. 

Coalition warplanes struck the area, in addition to artillery shelling, the UK-based conflict monitor added, saying that casualties occurred on both sides. 

On Tuesday, the SDF announced the final phase of its operations against ISIS in eastern Deir ez-Zor province. 

Comments

 
Outsider | 4/5/2018
8 km of desert...what an achievement, after the US airforce has bombed everything before them flat...at the end it is ISIS isn't it...who cares about "colateral damage"... what normal humans call civilian casulties...just remember Raqqa... congratulations...great success
Outsider | 4/5/2018
BTW...judging by the photo...the YPG ...ooohhh sorry... the SDF fighters...don't look different than the Jihadists... I presume the first guy in the pic is an embedded US special forces guy... he has no emblem on his uniform...
Not an Outsider | 4/5/2018
Wow Outsider knows pretty much nothing considering his comments, well done. Just the fact that you assume the US Airforce has "Bombed everything" says all most of us need to know about you.
Not an Outsider | 4/5/2018
The guys in the pictured are most likely Arab members of the SDF and the guy in the front is most definately not a US Spec Ops Operator judging from his look and his gear.
Outsider | 6/5/2018
@Not an Outsider: I based my assumption to the applied military tactics in Kobane, Raqqa and the broader DarArZor area by YPG published by international media (incl. Rudaw)...yes you are right they could be Arab elements in YPG/SDF...but they still look not different then the Jihadists...I would also assume that the US spec Op forces have US citizen/residents with Arabic origin in their ranks ... more-importantly why does the sodier/fighter not have an emblem on his arm like the others...answer me that and I am happy...overall it does change the fact that "conquering' 8 km of flat desert (additionally in the same article confirmed that the Coaltion forces bombed strongly the area)...you really thing that is a big succes...well congrats mate..

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