US-Backed Forces Advance In Southeastern Deir Ezzor, Eliminate ISIS Cell In Raqqa

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On January 4, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters captured the villages of Elias and Jadlah north of Hajin in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. SDF fighters killed eleven members of ISIS and captured an artillery piece during their advance, according to the SDF media center.

US-Backed Forces Advance In Southeastern Deir Ezzor, Eliminate ISIS Cell In Raqqa

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The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported that ISIS snipers killed two fighters of the SDF and injured one in the village of al-Kishkiyah village of Jadlah. ISIS fighters also shelled several positions of the SDF in the villages of al-Bahrah and al-Kishkiyah with dozens of mortars.

The resistance of ISIS slowed down the SDF advance towards Hajin during the last two weeks. However, thanks to the US-led coalition air support the SDF is maintaining momentum.

In a related development, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced that its Anti-Terror Units (YAT) eliminated a cell of ISIS in al-Karamah in the eastern Raqqa countryside. According to the YPG, the cell had been planning to attack several positions of the SDF and the SDF security forces (Asayish) in the provinces of Raqqa and Hasakah, including the Mabrouka refugee camp.

The YET killed 14 members of the ISIS cell and destroyed a VBIED while storming the cell’s headquarters. Several light weapons and IEDs were seized by the YET.

The US has armed and trained the YET force since 2014. While the US claims the force is part of the SDF, the YPG commands the force, which contains only Kurdish fighters. Due to this many Syrian pro-government and pro-opposition activists view the YET as a US tool against the local Arabs. For example, this force led the Kurdish attack on positions the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the city of al-Hasakah in August 2016.

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  • dutchnational

    This report contains several mistakes on the background level.

    YAT has not been trained and armed by the US as of 2014. The first time the US aided the YPG in general was late 2014, Kobane. YAT was firstly aided by CT forces of the peshmergas.

    Later US likely provided arms and training and one can see their development in the photos over time.

    YPG is not exclusively kurdish. There are many arab volonteers, even among the YPJ.

    It has been known there is even a special exclusively arab CT unit to operate behind SAA or IS line to infiltrate or for intelligence purposes.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Let’s correct the word “volunteer” as conscript at gunpoint as this is the common practice of recruiting by YPG etc., must give you more clarification YET is fully trained by CT troops from the coalition.

      Didn’t want to burst your bubble about that it happens.

      • dutchnational

        Conscript army is the HXP, not the SDF. Arabs, like kurds, in the YPG and YPJ are volonteers,

        Btw, HXP conscripts serve 9 months, soon 12 months, and SAA and NDF conscripts used to serve 24 months, now indefinite as in for the duration.

        YAT now being fully trained is indeed likely. At least one would hope so. YAT forces also cleared the crossing of the Tishreen dam late 2015 and they have been active in other places.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          They are the same you are not fooling anyone by calling them by their names in the SDF.

          • dutchnational

            Whatever you say pal.

            No sense arguing with someone who is not open to others when he is on autorepeat.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            The only one on auto repeat is you about the SDF being freedom fighters on each of your accounts, should I call you Hermann or something else.

          • dutchnational

            You wanted more info about conscription by SAA.

            Taken from SyriaObserver.com, dated 04.01.2018 :

            Social media sites became a refuge for many loyalists to express their anger, blame the group’s commanders and complain about their conditions. The most famous was the “We want to be discharged” campaign which was carried out by members of Group 102 draft class, whose demobilization has been delayed since 2011.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            They came about in December 2012 as an interpreter of Syrian National Coalition News , they are funded by the west. Can you please find an unbiased report or are you just looking at embarrassing yourself further ,they have a disclaimer saying they are not responsible for any misleading articles posted to their site.

      • Jens Holm

        You might learn in stead of being stubborn like this.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Why have you gone to one of your alter egos Jens are you still being pumpkin eater or just Billy goat trying to be gruff !

    • RichardD

      This is you DN, the two faced Zionist shill on these boards every day supporting endless fabricated Jew war, terrorism, death, destruction, and destitution in the name of human and civil rights:
      http://laoblogger.com/images/two-faced-clipart-7.jpg

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  • russ

    How did these ISIS proxies get trapped there, were they too stupid to leave when directed to?

    • Tom Tom

      CIA buses never made it.

      • russ

        good answer

    • Jens Holm

      They live there and defend their own homes in tribes. You can find maps of it.

      So there are ISIS supporters 100%. Semi-ISIS-supporters(like the ones which gave up almost all omarfilelds), passive ones – and tribers comming back having som wished for revenge and now SDF. You also – as written – has YPG special troops.

      I finally will allow me to tell that Yets has changed very much since 2015. Many things have.

      I think You should read dutchnational below. Things are not divided in etnicities as it was. To me it changed for taking Manbij with very mixted YPG`s now being MMC(Manbij military Counsil).

  • RichardD

    This is Hegelian theater with one Jew world order regime change element, Isis, being used to justify the existence of another regime change element, the SDF, to give the regime change backers different proxy options, all of them illegal, to use against the Syrian government. The latest musical chairs criminal project being the North Syrian Army.

    While the reality is that the Syrian government footprint grows every day while the regime change foot print shrinks and various regime change elements fight against each other in different locations.

  • RichardD

    “Israeli strategists have long wished to balkanize the Middle East to make it easier for Israel to dominate the region. These efforts to break up the surrounding nations into smaller units were described by Moshe Sharett in the 1950s, by Yinon Oded in the 1980s, and more recently by the neocons in the Clean Break document. …

    Mustafa Barzani, the first leader of the modern Kurdish independence movement, flew to Israel to ask David Ben Gurion for support.

    “They asked us for three machine guns and one broadcasting station,” Gheizi laughs. “That was the beginning.”

    Ben-Gurion knew the relationship had to be secret. The regional sensitivities were too great; Israel’s Arab neighbors would have seen overt help to Kurds trying to break away from an Arab country as an act of aggression.

    For these reasons, Ben Gurion assigned the Mossad to handle it.

    Next came training of the Kurdish guerillas, the peshmerga. “We gave them a whole line of training, from small group commander to battalion commander,””

    – The Mossad’s role in the Kurdish Independence movement –

    https://israelpalestinenews.org/secret-friendship-behind-israels-support-kurdish-independence/

  • gustavo

    This video is not at all convincing. I looks like training exercise rather than a real fighting. So, there is not elimination of any cell at all.