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Washington Won't Be Satisfied Until Seeing Stable Syria Without Assad — US Envoy

Washington Won't Be Satisfied Until Seeing Stable Syria Without Assad — US Envoy”

The advances bring the SDF to within 15 km (10 miles) of the Syrian army.

In June, a Virginia man who traveled to Syria to become a suicide bomber for Islamic State was convicted of providing material support to the militant group.

Syrian troops have been on the offensive against ISIL in central Syria for weeks under the cover of Russian air attack.

There's also no guarantee the U.S. will stick around in Syria once Daesh is defeated, so Kurdish aspirations may eventually require a deal with Assad and the Russians. Before this, they were only reachable by air drops. The vast majority have been from the Middle East and North Africa, with substantial numbers from Europe and former Soviet republics with large Muslim populations. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

Groups of SDS are now the main US ally in the Syrian war.

As the Syrian Democratic Forces stormed ISIS's de facto capital of Raqqa and continued to dislodge the jihadists in eastern Syria, the Syrian military's extensive campaign saw notable success.

"We have notified the regime and Russia that we are coming to the Euphrates riverbank, and they can see our forces advancing", he said.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is currently distributing the supplies from UNFPA and its partners, as well as items received from earlier airdrops. In "a city of 200,000 residents that has been transformed into a moonscape by almost daily bombardments by government forces", scores of civilians have been killed, many more wounded, and 400,000 people displaced.

"We walked the roads in fear, expecting any moment that a shell might hit us and we would die", the woman recalls.

The city, the largest in eastern Syria, has been caught up in the civil war engulfing the country.

Commenting on the operation, Bassem Aziz, a spokesman for the U.S-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said his troops have taken control of an industrial area on the eastern bank of the river, a few miles from the government troops. Quarters of the city, where the fighting is similar to the "old city" of Mosul as they are also badly damaged. This is a dramatic turn of affairs.

"The regime was complicit in allowing them to link up with other ISIL fighters", Mr Dillon said.

President Assad could have been coaxed to the table after these battlefield successes.

The contours of the defeat of the terrorist organizations in Syria emerges more clearly. How much is the number of SDS, is not known - the command was not formally announced such data.

He said SDF fighters did not expect clashes with Syrian regime forces, but if fired upon "we will respond". The major part and the lead of the SDF consists of YPG.



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