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Assad forces will continue anti-ISIS attacks despite United States led Raqqa offensive

30 June 2017, 12:41 | Katrina Lee

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Dillon was asked about Turkey's insistence that weapons given to Kurdish forces by the U.S.be taken back after the Raqqa operation.

After the USA downed a Syrian jet making a bombing run on US-backed forces fighting ISIS, Russia threatened to target U.S. and US-led coalition planes West of the Euphrates river in Syria.

The offensive is being waged by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by the US-led coalition against ISIS. Everyday they are taking parts of the city.

The SDF began its drive against Raqqa - the last IS stronghold inside Syria - in early June after a monthslong campaign to encircle ISIS fighters inside the city.

"However, as you mix more forces more closely together, what worked before for deconfliction won't". In 2014, a Kurdish fighter named Rehana went viral after a tweet claimed that she had killed more than 100 ISIS terrorists. Even though individual Russian platforms come close to matching, and in some ways exceed the capability of USA jets, it comes down to numbers.

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She continues with a conversation with them as if nothing has happened. "We will respond to every terror attack waged against Turkey from Syria and Iraq and from our soil as well", Erdoğan said. Syrian rebels allied with the US, Jordan, Turkey and others, are also vying for control in northern and southern Syria. The U.S.is now relying on these forces to retake ISIS's capital of Raqqa. Pro-Assad forces backed by Russian Federation and Iran also have a presence in the area, close to where Syria's borders converge with those of Jordan and Iraq.

Two Syrian monitoring groups, Deir Ezzor 24 and Justice For Life, say the weapons were dropped by an unidentified jet over Doblan, a village on the Euphrates River.

Turkish defense officials said in a statement that Isik reiterated Turkey's concerns to Mattis.

The US keeps an aircraft carrier with dozens of F/A-18E fighters aboard in the Mediterranean about all the time and hundreds of F-15s and F-16s scattered around Turkey, Qatar, and Jordan. In short, "we have no beef with the [Syrian] regime, Russians or Iranians".

A spokesman for the US mission to defeat IS said on Twitter the SDF had this week cleared almost 20 square kilometers of territory once held by IS jihadists, and that the SDF "now control all high-speed avenues of approach" into Raqqa.



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