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    Hüsnü Mahalli, a journalist and political commentator from Jarabulus, spoke to Sputnik about the main operation points in Syria and Iraq and shared his opinion about whether the Syrian government will be able to take control of Syrian borders.

    On the Syrian and Iraqi fronts the active phase of military operations against Daesh continues. The Syrian army with the support from Russia is conducting a military operation in Raqqa, while the Syrian Democratic Forces which mostly consist of Kurdish militia supported by the United States are carrying out the offensive in the de facto Daesh's capital.

    Parallel to the offensive against jihadist positions in Raqqa and Manbij on the Iraqi front, the Iraqi Shiite government army and paramilitary forces “al-Shabi Hashdi” have surrounded the city of Fallujah.

    Shedding light on how these operations are making such progress, political commentator and journalist Husnu Mahalli said that it is primarily due to the information center that was set up in Baghdad last year.

    “With all the events of recent time somehow we forgot that just a few months ago in Baghdad the efforts of Russia, Iraq, Syria and Iran established a center of political coordination. At the time this center was not given due importance. But the operations that are being carried out in Syria and Iraq are directly related to this center, as they are coordinated by the Baghdad center,” Mahalla said.

    Speaking about the development of operations in Raqqa and Manbij, the journalist explained that the soldiers of the “Party of Democratic Union” (PDS) and “Syrian Democratic Forces” in the North launched an operation to liberate Raqqa.

    “Meanwhile, the operation was suddenly suspended and Kurdish Forces headed west of Manbij. It was not a distraction tactic because at the time the “Syrian Democratic Forces” were heading towards Raqqa and the Syrian leadership issued a demand to stop the advance in that direction.”

    Syrian Kurds began to speak of their intention to seize Raqqa, which angered the Syrian authorities, who made it clear that the liberation of Raqqa will be their own personal effort.

    According to Mahalli “Syrian Democratic Forces” want to take control over Manbij and Jarabulus in order to block Daesh supplies in the western Mare region.

    “One of the most important centers of Daesh after Manbij is El Bab. The city's population is very radical. I was there as a teenager, about 50 years ago and even then all the local women wore a veil. Therefore, the operation in El Baba was left for the end.”

    He explained that liberating Manbij is much easier because there is practically no support for Daesh among local population.

    Mahalli further said that the situation that has occurred in Syria has never happened before in history.

    “Despite all efforts of 4 years dislodging Assad was impossible. From all corners of the world 40-50 thousand half-witted thugs were recruited from Turkey and smuggled into Syria, as a result we got the situation we are now witnessing.”

    “Meanwhile, Assad is still in power and all government agencies in the country have continued to operate. If Turkey closed its borders and stopped supporting terrorist groups, the Syrian authorities within 3 months would be able to take control of 90% of the country,” Mahalla concluded.


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