Publicado: Mar, Octubre 10, 2017
Global | By Iago Denis

Syrian Liberation Army forces prepared to liberate Raqqa from ISIS

Syrian Liberation Army forces prepared to liberate Raqqa from ISIS

Syrian forces backed by the U.S. military are beginning what's being called the final push to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) out of Raqqa.

From a peak in January 2015 to June of this year, the Islamic State (ISIS) has lost an estimated 54,600 - approximately 60% - of its territory.

Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), said recent propaganda statements had hinted a change was imminent but the direct instructions were "unprecedented".

Three people have been charged with involvement in the planned attacks, which were to be carried out in the name of IS during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in 2016.

The army and its allies reached the city of Deir al-Zor in September after a months-long offensive across the Syrian desert, and have since then pushed down the Euphrates towards the border with Iraq.

Meanwhile on Friday the FBI said it thwarted a jihadist plot to attack US targets including New York's subway and Times Square. Potential jihadists can join one group before retreating to their homes and re-emerging elsewhere.

As he spoke, Sher fed bullets into a rifle magazine in one of several bombed-out apartment buildings taken up by his fighters to monitor different parts of the stadium.

Calling himself Abu Adam al-Britani, he said last week that stray cats and packs of dogs have become fat from eating "dead human flesh" in the levelled buildings and streets of Raqqa.

The operation follows a deal between Turkey and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's allies Russia and Iran to impose a "de-escalation" zone in Idlib and surrounding areas to reduce warfare there, an agreement that did not include Tahrir al-Sham.

Felat said fighting was still fierce along the front line, with IS using snipers, suicide bombers and reinforced positions in tunnels to hold up the SDF advance.

He fled on foot from his home district near the stadium with his wife and two young daughters, Maria and Serene.

As larger areas of Syria's war-wracked terrain fall into the hands of its belligerents, so too do many of the displaced populace and jihadist fighters, either captured or hiding in plain sight among refugees. Essentially, we're looking at an entire generation of jihadists that we won't always be able to identify or know how to fix.

On Sunday a Syrian military source said they had encircled Islamic State fighters in the city of al-Mayadin, one of the jihadists' last strongholds in the area.

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