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    Syrian Kurdish-led forces a ‘few weeks’ from Raqqa

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    Post by Rocky Fri 10 Mar 2017, 3:32 am

    Syrian Kurdish-led forces a ‘few weeks’ from Raqqa
    Posted on March 10, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Kurdistan
    Syrian Kurdish-led forces a ‘few weeks’ from Raqqa Syrian-Kurdish-SDF-forces-fighters-north-of-Raqqa-city-Mar-2017-Reuters
    Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF fighters ride a military vehicle north of Raqqa city, Syria. Photo: Reuters

    BEIRUT,— U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces said on Thursday they were closing in on Islamic State-held Raqqa and expected to reach the city outskirts in a few weeks, as a U.S. Marines artillery unit deployed to help the campaign.
    The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a militia alliance including the powerful Kurdish YPG of Syrian Kurdistan, is the main U.S. partner in the war against Islamic State in Syria. Since November it has been working with the U.S.-led coalition to encircle Raqqa. The SDF alliance has about 30,000 Kurdish fighters and about 5,000 Arab fighters.
    SDF spokesman Talal Silo said: “We expect that within a few weeks there will be a siege of the city.”

    Coalition spokesman U.S. Air Force Colonel John Dorrian said the additional U.S. forces would be working with local partners in Syria – the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian Arab Coalition – and would not have a front line role.
    Some 500 U.S. personnel are already in Syria to help the fight against IS. A 400-strong additional deployment which arrived in recent days comprised both Marines and Army Rangers, Dorrian said, adding they were there temporarily.
    Coalition airstrikes killed 23 civilians, including eight children, in the countryside north of Raqqa on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor said. The coalition said it was investigating the incident.
    Islamic State is also being fought in Syria by the Russian-backed Syrian military, and by Syrian rebel groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner with Turkish backing in northern Syria and Jordanian backing in southern Syria.
    On the other major flank of the assault on IS, Iraqi forces aim to dislodge the militant group from west Mosul within a month.
    This week, the SDF cut the road between Raqqa and the jihadists’ stronghold of Deir al-Zor province – the last main road out of the city which is bordered to the south by the Euphrates River.

    Dorrian said the effort to isolate Raqqa was “going very very well” and could be completed in a few weeks. “Then the decision to move in can be made,” he told Reuters by telephone.
    The artillery will help “expedite the defeat of ISIS in Raqqa”, he said, using another acronym for Islamic State. The Marines were armed with 155-millimetre artillery guns. Asked if they had been used yet, Dorrian said he did not believe so.
    “We have had what I would describe as a pretty relentless air campaign to destroy enemy capabilities and to kill enemy fighters in that area already. That is something that we are going to continue and intensify with this new capability.”
    A Kurdish military source told Reuters that further U.S. reinforcements were expected to arrive in the coming days.
    U.S regards the Kurdish PYD party and its powerful military wing YPG of Syrian Kurdistan as key ally against Islamic State and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and has provided them with arms, air support as well as the military advisers. The Kurdish militia has seized swathes of Syria from IS.
    SDF RULED OUT TURKEY ROLE
    The U.S. military alliance with the SDF and YPG has strained relations with U.S. ally Turkey, which views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as it  fears the creation of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syrian Kurdistan — similar to the Kurdish region in Iraqi Kurdistan — would spur the separatist ambitions of Turkey’s own Kurds.
    Fearing deepening Kurdish influence in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria), Turkey has been pressing Washington for a role in the final assault on Raqqa. SDF spokesman Silo said the SDF had ruled out that idea during a meeting with U.S. officials last month.
    “The Turkish side is an occupation force and it cannot be allowed to occupy more Syrian land,” he told Reuters. The meeting in northern Syria was attended by U.S. Senator John McCain and U.S. military officials, he said.
    Dorrian said the Army Rangers were on a different mission to the Marines in a previously announced deployment near the city of Manbij to “create some reassurance” for Turkey and U.S. partners in Syria – a reference to the SDF.
    Turkey says the Kurdish militia maintains a presence in Manbij. The YPG denies this.
    Dorrian said a possible role for Turkey “remains a point of discussion at military leadership and diplomatic levels”.
    He added that a new shipment of armored personnel carriers had been supplied to the Syrian Arab Coalition, part of the SDF which has been vetted by the U.S.-led coalition, since an earlier delivery was announced in late January.
    Syrian Kurdistan’s ruling PYD has established three autonomous zones, or Cantons of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin and a Kurdish government across Syrian Kurdistan in 2013. On March 17, 2016 Syria’s Kurds declared a federal region in Syrian Kurdistan. On Dec. 30, 2016 Syrian Kurds approved a blueprint for a system of federal government in Syrian Kurdistan, reaffirming their plans for autonomy in areas they have controlled during the civil war.

    http://ekurd.net/syrian-kurdish-weeks-raqqa-2017-03-10

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