Syrian War Report – May 12, 2017: Pro-Turkish Militants Form Coalition To Fight ‘Terrorists’

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Some 70 ISIS members have withdrawn from the town of Tabqah and the Tabqah Dam under a deal with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Pentagon confirmed in a statement at the website of its International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve on May 11. Thus, the US-led coalition officially confirmed rumors that had been circulating about a possible open corridor for the ISIS terrorists operating in the town of Tabqah and the nearby Tabqah dam. This was the second deal of the US-backed force with ISIS that became widely known. Previously, a large group of ISIS members left the town of Manbij encircled by the SDF in the province of Aleppo.

Following the withdrawal from Tabqah, ISIS militants launched an attack on SDF positions in the villages of Ayed Kabir and Al-Mushirfa near Tabqah. Clashes are still ongoing in the area.

According to pro-SDF sources, 26 ISIS militants were killed and 3 vehicles were destroyed. ISIS claimed that five Kurdish fighters were killed in the village of Ajeel south of the Tabqah military airport.

Talal Sallou, spokesman of the SDF said that the next aim of the US-backed force is to isolate Raqqa city from the western, northern and eastern flanks prior to storming the ISIS self-proclaimed capital. Thus, ISIS will have an open way to the south, which means that the US-led coalition may be willing to push ISIS to withdraw into the Syrian desert where terrorists will fight the SAA and its allies.

Leader of Lebanese Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, announced on Thursday that the group has dismantled its military positions on the border with Syria as the mission of securing the area has been completed and the Lebanese eastern borders have became safe.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah have captured three hills in the mountains of Shomaria in the eastern Homs countryside after violent clashes with ISIS terrorists. As a result of this advance, pro-government fighters reached the outskirts of the village of Hamida.

Meanwhile, the SAA has been strengthening its forces in the vicinity of the Seen Military Airbase and at the Al-Tanf road. According to some pro-government sources, the SAA aims to take full control of the Al-Tanf road and then the Al-Tanf border area. However, this effort will be linked with clashes against Western-backed militants operating in the area.

Opposition sources announced the formation of a new force of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in northern Aleppo named. The group was named “First Corps” and created with a Turkish support.

The militant groups known as the Sultan Mohammed Al-Fateh Brigade, the Samarkand Brigade, Jaish al-Ahfad, the Al-Muntaser Bellah Brigade, the 101st Division, the Al-Fatah Brigade, the Tala’a al-Nasr Brigade joined the First Corps. The group now includes 10,000 fighters, according to Capt. Abu Kanan al-Homsi. Its militants had received training and equipment from Turkey.

According to opposition sources, the main objective of the First Corps would be to fight ISIS, Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS), and Kurdish militias (YPG, YPJ, PKK). The group will be stationed in the towns of Al-Rai, Akhtarin and Ghandoura in the northern Aleppo countryside.

In Idlib, the HTS issued a ban on the transfer of anti-tank missiles, Grad rockets and modern weapons and started an effort aimed to confiscate them from all local groups. HTS already arrested some members of Ana’ al-Sham and confiscated their weapons in the northern Hama countryside.

According to local sources, tensions have once again increased in the countryside of Idlib between Ahrar al-Sham and HTS. A new round of clashes in the province of Idlib may start soon.

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  • gold37

    A full scale terrorist vs terrorist offensive needs to begin in Idlib. This would be good for everyone!

    • Barba_Papa

      We’ve already had that, Al-Nusra came out of top and made the others its bitch, and then launched a massive offensive towards Hama.

      You can’t just let these terrorists duke it out and divert your attention elsewhere. A careful watch has to be maintained so that no side can become victorious and they keep on fighting eachother and never unite again.

      • gold37

        I am aware of that past fight they had, they didn’t use most of their manpower though. Jund al Aqsa ended up leaving to join ISIS ranks, it needs to be a bloodbath. Yes, I am sure after 7 years of war, SAA is cautious with manoeuvring their manpower and that is one reason why Tigers are in Aleppo countryside, close enough to Hama and also putting pressure to ISIS from the north at the same time.

  • EL ZORRO

    “MAY 12, 2017: PRO-TURKISH MILITANTS FORM COALITION TO FIGHT ‘TERRORISTS’…TRANSLATION…TURKISH MILITARY FORM COALITION TO JOIN THE TERRORISTS.

    • zman

      ‘confirmed rumors that had been circulating about a possible open corridor for the ISIS terrorists’=helicopters ferrying terrorists to safety at night.

      ‘US-led coalition may be willing to push ISIS to withdraw into the Syrian
      desert where terrorists will fight the SAA and its allies’=Take them to Dier Ezzor to join in the coming attack on Syrian defences.

      • Jens Holm

        rubbish. Why not the train…

  • EL ZORRO

    “Thus, the US-led coalition officially confirmed rumors that had been circulating about a possible open corridor for the ISIS terrorists operating in the town of Tabqah and the nearby Tabqah dam”…TRANSLATION…Rumors confirmed that the U.S OPEN UP an escape route for THEIR INTERNATIONAL MERCENARY TERRORISTS scape and join other UNITED STATES FUNDED INTERNATIONAL MERCENARIES IN OTHER PARTS OF SYRIA.

    • PZIVJ

      The deal to let 60 ISUS relocate (to take Tabqa dam without further damage) is good.
      Your theory that US is supporting Daesh to fight against US supported Kurds defies common sense. Where will they run to ?

      • Bob

        South-east and out of SDF territory – into Dier Ezzore province to fight against SAA.
        The US would be more than content with that outcome.

        • zman

          Especially if the US armor and Jordanian 3rd army massed on the Syrian border is going to head for Dier Ezzor, as they claimed.

          • Jens Holm

            And all the girls from Sinjar make twins.

        • Jens Holm

          Far out again

      • Jonathan Cohen

        His theory is that US supports Daesh to fight against Assad and perhaps also Iraqi Shia militia, and at one time he may well have been right as Kerry admitted. though I don’t think he is right any more. Certainly they still have some benefits dating back to 1980’s Afghanistan, which was clearly a huge blunder, causing 9/11.
        I’m also very suspicious about how Daesh originally took Mosul so easily.

      • gustavo

        War is not a matter o common sense, and preparation for war either. For example, does it have common sense that USA demolishes the twin Tower killing its own people with the propose of making war in midle east ? You may say that I am crazy by saying this, but I am not the only one.

    • Jens Holm

      Rubbish again.

  • gustavo

    Turkey given support,as always, to terrorists. Has Russia anything to say about this ? Of course not, Russia is protecting its economical interest (pipe line).

  • Kell