US-backed fighters in Syria capture several areas in north from Islamic State

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition, which includes Kurds, Arabs and Syriac Christians (AFP)
Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition, which includes Kurds, Arabs and Syriac Christians (AFP)

A U.S.-backed coalition of rebels in Syria — including Syrian Kurdish, Arab and Christian groups — captured several areas in the country’s north on Thursday from the Islamic State extremists, an activist group and a rebel spokesman said.

The advance of the coalition, known as Syria Democratic Forces, is part of the recent rebel push to take control of a major dam and cut supply lines between the IS group’s strongholds in northern Syria.

The SDF offensive started Wednesday with a push south of the Turkey-Syria border town of Kobani, according to a rebel spokesman, Col. Talal Sillu. On Thursday, coalition fighters advanced eight kilometers (five miles), inching closer to their objective — the Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates River that supplies much of northern Syria with electricity.

“The situation on the ground is excellent,” said Sillu. The rebels are also trying to cut the supply lines between the Islamic State’s de-facto capital of Raqqa and the group’s stronghold of Manbij. Several villages, farms and weapons were taken in battles with IS, the spokesman said, adding that at least 14 IS fighters have been killed since Wednesday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that SDF captured several villages in the area and that the fighters were advancing under cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

The SDF, dominated by the main Kurdish militia in Syria known as YPG, or People’s Protection Units, has become a main force in fighting IS, capturing dozens of villages in northern Syria over the past weeks.

However, in eastern Syria, IS has seized a district previously held by Syrian government forces in the city of Deir el-Zour after heavy clashes with troops holed up inside, the extremist group and Syrian opposition activists said Thursday. The seizure expands the IS presence in the contested eastern region.

The IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency said the industrial district of Deir el-Zour fell to the group late Wednesday, following daylong clashes that began with three successive suicide missions by the militants targeting Syrian army outposts in the district.

The agency said at least 38 Syrian troops were killed in the attack during which IS seized large amounts of ammunition and an armed personnel carrier from the government troops. The Observatory also reported the IS capture of the district, saying at least 26 soldiers were killed. The discrepancy in the casualty figures could not immediately be reconciled.

The city of Deir el-Zour is held mostly by IS but Syrian troops control a few districts inside it and the airport on its outskirts. IS fighters have in recent weeks launched several attacks in attempts to capture government-held parts of the city and the nearby airport, without success.

Aamaq released a video showing the militants walking through rubble-filled streets, firing their machineguns amid blown-out storefronts.

The Observatory also reported that in the “coming hours,” IS was to start evacuating its wounded fighters from Damascus’ southern suburb of Qadam to areas held by the extremists in northern Syria under a newly brokered deal.

The activist group said that in the second phase, families of IS fighters will be evacuated and then the fighters themselves will leave Qadam, the nearby neighborhood of Hajar Aswad and the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk.

The Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV said the evacuation would begin on Saturday, adding the thousands of fighters and their families will be given safe passage to Raqqa and the extremists’ stronghold of Marei in the northern province of Aleppo.

A Palestinian official in Damascus confirmed the deal, but stressed that Palestinian factions were not part of it. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the secret negotiations over the deal, said it was struck between representatives of the Syrian state and some rebel factions — presumably negotiating on behalf of the Islamic State.

The official did not elaborate.

In April, IS militants infiltrated the Yarmouk camp in what was their deepest foray into Damascus, the seat of President Bashar Assad’s power. The latest deal and the IS evacuation could pave the way for other reconciliation gestures between the government and rebel factions based in the southern edges of the Syrian capital.

The Syrian civil war has killed more than a quarter of a million people since it started nearly five years ago, and displaced half the Middle Eastern country’s pre-war population of 23 million.

Meanwhile, Syria’s foreign minister said Thursday that his government is ready to take part in U.N.-organized peace talks in January in Geneva and that he hopes the dialogue will help the country find a solution to the crisis.

The U.N. Security Council last Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing a peace process for Syria, including a cease-fire and talks between the Syrian government and the opposition.

“Syria is ready to participate in the Syrian-Syrian Dialogue in Geneva without any foreign interference,” Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters after meeting his Chinese counterpart in Beijing.

But al-Moallem also indicated Damascus could opt out of the talks if it was dissatisfied with participants from the opposition ranks. The government and its Russian allies have said there was no room at the negotiating table for “terrorists.”

“Our delegation will be ready as soon as we receive a list of the opposition delegation,” al-Moallem said.



65 responses to “US-backed fighters in Syria capture several areas in north from Islamic State”

  1. “US-backed fighters ”

    Some correcto mundo: US-backed terrorists.

    1. As opposed to Iranian backed terrorist. Just give everyone enough guns to kill each other and fulfill the muslim holy war against itself.
      BTW, there are Syrian opposition in Syria. It is not all ISIS type groups, but that does not matter when you need to save the doomed bloody Assad, everyone is ISIS in your eyes.

      1. Who’s the “Iranian backed terrorist”?

        In Syria, you had/have:

        – Free Syrian Army (Syrians opposed to Assad)
        – ISIS brought in from outside Syria (paid killers)

        The FSA was a minority and they are even more so now that they work with Russians.

        1. I was referring to Hezbullah and other foreign Iranian sponsored groups present in Syria and throughout the Middle East.

          1. Hezbollah came to life from IsraHell’s invasions and occupations. It’s considered terrorist by IsraHell and its puppets: the USA and the minions in Europe. How convenient.

            Terrorism was started by the Jewish Irgun. Operation Susannah, also known as The Lavon Affair should ring a bell.

          2. Hezbollah came to life from IsraHell’s invasions and occupations. It’s considered terrorist by IsraHell and its puppets: the USA and the minions in Europe. How convenient.

            Terrorism was started by Menachem Begin’s Irgun (conveniently erased/edited 2 days ago from Wikipedia):

            “On July 22, 1946, Jewish terrorists dressed as Arabs blew up the King David Hotel in Palestine, killing 91 and injuring 45. The perpetrators were Menachem Begin’s Irgun extremist group; the same Menachem Begin who went on to win the Nobel peace prize 32 years later, as Israeli Prime Minister. This false-flag style, in which stage-managed attacks are blamed on an innocent third party for political ends, was to be a cornerstone of Israeli state terrorism and frequently employed over the following decades including the 21st century. It did not always succeed – particularly in the Forties, Fifties and Sixties – in which case Jews ended up having to admit responsibility. However, they never showed any remorse. And in July 2006, Israeli right-wingers including former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a two-day seminar to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the King David bombing.”

            The Irgun (a paramilitary) and based on Revisionist Zionism became the Likud which continues terrorism. Some things never change.

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Irgun chief Menahem Begin, the party of Jabotinsky funded the Likud in 1950.
            Some things never change.

          4. Focus my dear, you must read Omega’s comments as well.

          5. Hind Abyad Avatar

            I don’t need Omega comments.


          6. I thought this thread, according to Omega, was about the Hizzbillies.

          7. Hind Abyad Avatar

            I started
            “Hind Abyad – Omega • a day ago

            Irgun chief Menahem Begin, the party of Jabotinsky founded Likud in 1950.
            Some things never change”.

            Menahem Begin introduced terrorism in the Holly Land..forever.

          8. Terrorism was invented centuries ago, just by different names.

          9. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Yes yes, you’re excused.

          10. Thanx mom.

          11. Hind Abyad Avatar

            :)) how old?

          12. 5thDrawer Avatar

            University sophistrymore? … :-)))

          13. Hind Abyad Avatar


          14. Huh??????

          15. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Omega – Rascal • a day ago
            “Hezbollah came to life from IsraHell’s invasions and occupations. It’s considered terrorist by IsraHell and its puppets: the USA and the minions in Europe. How convenient.

            Terrorism was started by Menachem Begin’s Irgun (conveniently erased/edited 2 days ago from Wikipedia):”

          16. So what. Respond to Rascal.

          17. Hind Abyad Avatar

            You are so silly.

          18. Sure sure.

          19. “(conveniently erased/edited 2 days ago from Wikipedia)”
            Your stupidity is almost childlike. There’s something touching to it.

          20. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Read again..

          21. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Israel is still ‘A Serious Headache’ …. How nice to see the old man is still excited by his movement through the hotel to do his part in ‘the creation’.

          22. Hind Abyad Avatar

            It prove Zionist sacrifice they own.

          23. The Jews won their independence. Success always breeds contempt.

          24. How is your comment related to the Jewish terrorists?

          25. The same way your bloviated comment is.

          26. Do you refute/deny that Jewish terrorists blew up the King David Hotel in 1946, killing 91, and blamed it on Muslims but were caught like the rats they were? Also know as The Lavon Affair.

          27. Nope. What I said was the Jews won. Would you like to go through all the nations fighting for independence or defense that used whatever means available? USA would be a good start.

          28. I know what you said but how is it related? This thread is about Hezbollah and the reason for its creation: invasion and occupation of South Lebanon not IsraHell’s Independence.

            In the case of the USA, the outcome was the same: Jews won. Your Rothschild “Federal” Reserve and income tax should ring a bell.

          29. Now the thread is about Hezbollah and you’re ranting about Irgun and Rothschild. You’re spinning yourself into the ground.

          30. Hind Abyad Avatar

            You are.. Hezbollah is a detail.

          31. Read again. Your buddy Rascal said Hezbollah is terrorist. I said they came to life due to IsraHell’s invasions and occupations. To contrast, the Irgun was and still is (through the Likud) the real terrorists.

          32. OMG, your are all over the place. Don’t waste your time telling me about the topic of the thread. LOL.

          33. Did you just write “OMG”? Are you a teenager?

            What do you mean all over the places? Don’t you get your replies in one place in Disqus too?

          34. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Then call you hasbara boss, as for advice

          35. Thought you were my boss.

          36. Everything is related. The Rothschild created IsraHell like they established the USA’s financial Central Banking to enslave its people through debt.

          37. Hind Abyad Avatar

            United States and England fought with armies

          38. Short history of the world.

          39. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Well, you gave an example..French sent the Statue of Liberty as a gift.

          40. Ehhhhh………..significance to the discussion?

          41. Hind Abyad Avatar

            They gave it to a nation who fought with honour.

          42. Repeat above.

          43. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Short history of the world.

          44. No dummy, significance of the thread.

          45. Hind Abyad Avatar

            We’re not in a classroom dummy. Stop spamming

          46. Perhaps you should go back to a classroom.

          47. 5thDrawer Avatar

            “Nope. What I said was the Jews won.”
            I would not consider that ‘a thread’. It’s more like a rope by the time you come to that as a conclusion, because I would hand you another rope then, to attempt to unravel down to it’s threads, by asking, ‘what exactly have they ‘won’?.

          48. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Not in the thread…
            First snow today even in the Laurentides and 16 degrees on Christmas. .:))

          49. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Iran Iran Iran Iran..

          50. Patience2 Avatar

            Well, hmmmm! If Uran all that well, maybe you should try out for the Olympics!??

          51. Hind Abyad Avatar

            :0..I should have counselled that to Raskal; Uran Uran Uran

          52. I am glad you are seeing the common thread. Iran is behind a large part mess in the middle east. I still do not understand how you justify supporting such a country. Maybe it is you who needs some education.

          53. Hind Abyad Avatar

            I support Lebanon and the Middle East not nuking Uran..or nobody else.

          54. Patience2 Avatar

            Actually, ‘dexeter death’, the scythe is in his right claw.

          55. Hind Abyad Avatar

            I didn’t know ‘dexeter death’.. violent death?

          56. Patience2 Avatar

            Sinister is the left hand, dexeter is right-handedness.

          57. Hind Abyad Avatar

            He looks sinister 🙁

          58. If you look closely it is a joke avatar. The sitting reaper says “shiit happens” and there is a guy dead on the ground beside him.

          59. Hind Abyad Avatar

            So what.. i don’t like it.

          60. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Not from your obsession please, you say you’re not Jewish.
            Evangelist are ME Christians ennemies…they make me malade.

          61. I am of German decent and there is not a shred of religion or jewish in me. I tolerate passive religion and I chastise arrogant religion. It is very simple. If you happen to be a Hezb, party of God supporter or fan-club member, I will call you out as such. You are as much muslim as I am Jewish.

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