On November 6, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces announced the start of the military operation to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh terrorist group with the assistance of the US-led coalition's airstrikes.
Daesh terrorists that remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa have been surrounded and about one third of the city has been cleared, US special presidential envoy Brett McGurk said on Thursday.
As the Syrian Army and its allies continue their advances against terrorists, foreign powers supporting armed groups in Syria are seemingly less interested in the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad. The situation in Raqqa is now in the spotlight of all parties involved in the conflict.
The Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces backed by a United States-led international coalition continue their operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa.
The US-equipped Syrian Democratic Forces have advanced to the center of Raqqa, US Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk said in a meeting of US-led coalition members on Thursday.
The Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have liberated a settlement near the terrorist stronghold of Raqqa from Daesh, a source within the militia told Sputnik.
Celalettin Yavuz, a military expert and former adviser to the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (PND) for foreign policy and security, spoke to Sputnik Turkey in an interview about the ongoing Astana talks and their importance for determining the future of the Syrian city of Raqqa after it is liberated from Daesh.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) supported by the US-led international coalition have reached the old city in Raqqa, advancing into its most heavily fortified enclave and overcoming the defenses of Daesh terrorist group, the coalition press service said Tuesday.
The success of the offensive on Raqqa, Daesh’s stronghold in northern Syria, indirectly indicates that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is likely to have been killed, which led to decrease in Daesh militants’ resistance, Chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament’s committee on defense and security Victor Ozerov told Sputnik Friday.
The representative of the Kurdish self-defense units (YPG), Nuri Mahmoud in an interview with Sputnik Turkey revealed the details of ongoing operation in Raqqa.
The US-led coalition conducted 35 strikes consisting of 84 engagements in Syria and Iraq on Thursday, including 20 strikes near Daesh stronghold of Raqqa, the Operation Inherent Resolve said in a press release.
The intensification of US-led airstrikes paving the way for SDF advance has resulted in "staggering loss of civilian life", a UN commission said.
The Syrian city of Raqqa, which serves as the de-facto capital of Daesh is in tight isolation, but fighters without uniform can sometimes slip out of it, US Department of Defense spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis told Sputnik on Friday.
The US-led coalition will continue supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) assault on Raqqa with air support and advisors, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon said in a briefing on Thursday.
The United States has informed the Turkish authorities about the start of an operation to liberate Syria's Raqqa from Daesh, in cooperation with Syrian Kurdish forces, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Sunday.
The United States wants to monopolize the victory over Daesh in Raqqa, using it as a public relations stunt, defense analyst Boris Rozhin told RT.
The fight against terrorism is not limited to military operations but includes the fight on social, economic, religious fronts and will not stop when terrorist strongholds in Syria and Iraq are liberated, NATO's Chairman of the Military Committee Gen. Petr Pavel said Wednesday.
The US-led coalition conducted 29 strikes consisting of 87 engagements against Daesh terrorist group in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, including six strikes near the group’s stronghold in Raqqa, Operation Inherent Resolve said in a press release.
The United States tasked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with liberating the Syrian city of Raqqa instead of offering Turkey to lead the high-stakes campaign due to cost-efficiency considerations, anti-terrorism expert and former Turkish special forces operative Abdullah Agar told Sputnik Turkey.
The US-led anti-Daesh coalition has confirmed Wednesday that the Syrian city of Tabqa was completely liberated from Daesh extremists.
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by the US-led coalition have fully liberated the Syrian city of Tabqa and the Tabqa Dam from Daesh terrorists.
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