On November 3, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will soon advance towards Raqqa city to liberate it, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said after meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon Nabih Berri in Beirut city.
“We will witness in the near future the advance of government and popular forces in Syria and east of the Euphrates, and the liberation of Raqqa city,” Velayati said according to Reuters.
Velayati also accused the US of working to divide Syria by deploying its army on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Back on October 30, the commander of the US-led special operations task force responsible for defeating ISIS revealed that more than 4,000 US troops are deployed inside Syria.
“The US is planning to divide Syria in East Euphrates though it will never obtain this sinister objective,” said Velayati, according to the Iranian MEHR Agency.
Velayati statements are another evidence that the SAA and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are heading towards an armed tension after ISIS is defeated in Syria. The Syrian government announced back on October 29 that it will continue considering Raqqa an occupied city until the SAA enters it .
While some observers hope that the upcoming Syrian National Dialogue conference in Sochi on November 18 will calm things down between the Syrian government and the SDF, many pro-government activists believe that the SDF is not willing to give up on its agenda yet.