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.
Syria’s largest Tabqa Dam located on the Euphrates river partially has collapsed on Sunday as a result of the fighting between armed units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and militants of Daesh near the city of Raqqa.
The liberation of Raqqa will not be an easy walk for the international coalition, and coordination of all forces is crucial, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Syrian Democratic Forces' troops have gained complete control of areas surrounding the "capital" of Daesh.
Several leaders of the Daesh terrorist group are reportedly leaving the Syrian city of Raqqa ahead of an upcoming major operation to liberate the it.
The Turkish president said Ankara has not seen that Washington had any clear plan of liberating the Daesh-occupied Syrian city of Raqqa.
Syrian Kurds are likely to participate in the liberation of Raqqa, according to the chief of the US-led coalition against Daesh. Apparently, Turkey will not be happy.
The Syrian army, which continues its advance on the northern city of al-Bab, approached Manbij, another city in northern Syria where the Syrian Democratic Forces have positions in a move designed to block Turkey's offensive on Raqqa, unnamed sources told Sputnik Turkey.
In a follow-up to the recent announcement by Chief of the Turkish General Staff Hulusi Akar that the Syrian city of al-Bab was under control and the goals of the Euphrates Shield operation in Syria had been achieved, Sputnik Turkiye sat down with Turkish security analyst Metin Gurcan to discuss the future of the Turkish operation in Syria.
Turkey's President Erdogan has recently promised that the Turkish army will advance onward to the Syrian city of Raqqa to cleanse it from jihadists, which is the ultimate goal of his military operation in Syria. However, military experts note that it still remains to be seen how Ankara's ambitions play into the plans of Moscow and Washington.
Commenting on the recent promise of President Erdogan that the Turkish army will advance onward to the Syrian city of Raqqa to cleanse it from jihadists, Turkish retired Major General Ahmet Yavuz told Sputnik Turkiye that the de facto Daesh capital might become a quagmire for his country's forces; here is why.
The Syrian Kurds are capable of liberating the city of Raqqa, a stronghold of the Daesh terrorist group, on their own without participation of Turkey, Representative to Russia of Northern Syria’s Rojava Kurdish region Rodi Osman told Sputnik.
The units of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced to a position just five kilometers (3 miles) to the north-east from Daesh's de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, sources in the SDF headquarters told Sputnik Saturday.
On Thursday, The Washington Post published a lengthy article on why Trump has turned down the Obama administration's plan for the liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Daesh, from terrorists. Russian defense analysts have explained why the new US president and his team made the call.
Syrian Democratic Forces have cleared 150 square kilometers during their advance to Raqqa.
Talks between the US-led coalition against Daesh with Turkey on the offensive to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa have been productive, US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition Brett McGurk said on Tuesday.
The Syrian Democratic Forces have started a new phase of the offensive to recapture Raqqa from Daesh.
Turkey remains at loggerheads with the US-backed Syrian Kurds over the Raqqa offensive. Turkish retired Brigadier General Haldun Solmaztürk explained to Sputnik Turkiye that Ankara is worried that the Kurds will be too tempted to keep the city under their control and that the US will do nothing to prevent it.
Commenting on the recently announced offensive of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh militants, Renad Mansour, Iraq expert at Chatham House think tank, explained to Radio Sputnik the real reason for the much-publicized assault.
The decision of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to launch an operation to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa occupied by Daesh in cooperation with the US-led coalition is a strategic mistake for the Kurds' future, a Syrian lawmaker, who is also the head of the Syrian Kurds' National Initiative, said Tuesday.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have already made progress since they launched the operation to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh, US Department of Defense spokesman Peter Cook said in a press briefing on Monday.
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