Dorrian: US working with SDF and Turkey to retake Raqqa from ISIS

The United States is working with the Kurds and Turkey on a game plan for defeating ISIS in Raqqa–northeast Syria, US coalition spokesman Colonel John Dorrian said on Friday. However, analysts suggest that Turkish intervention might make the Raqqa operation more difficult. “We’re now working with the Turkish military and we’re working with our [Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces] SDF partners to come up with the game plan for the...

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US envoy meets with SDF in northern Syria, pledges support
Sep06

US envoy meets with SDF in northern Syria, pledges support

The United States’ presidential envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, met with Kurdish allies in northern Syria last week, a State Department official told AFP on Monday. His visit comes as the US’ support for the Kurdish forces has come into question after the Turkish army launched its military operation Euphrates Shield to clear Islamic State (ISIS) militants from the border and to stop Kurdish advances west of the...

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US-backed Syrian forces clash with Islamic State militants inside Manbij
Jun23

US-backed Syrian forces clash with Islamic State militants inside Manbij

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fought Islamic State militants on Thursday (June 23) inside the city of Manbij for the first time since they laid siege to the militant stronghold near the Turkish border, a monitor said. The British-based Observatory for Human Rights said heavy clashes were taking place in western districts of Manbij after the alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters swept into the city near the Kutab roundabout, almost 2km...

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