The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDN) have announced a military operation, called Angry Euphrates, to take control of the city of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS in Syria. The operation is supported by the US’ air force and speicla forces. The SDF says that some 30,000 fighters are deployed for the operation.
The SDF mainly consists of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) that is an armed wing of the so-called “Democratic Union Party”. The Democratic Union Party is a left-wing Kurdish political party that seized control of some territory in northern Syria. The brand SDF had been created by the US mainstream media in order to hide the Kurdish nature of the group. A key US ally in the region, Turkey, has significant tensions with the YPG.
The Angry Euphrates was announced by SDF on November 6 in a press conference in the Syrian town of Ain Issa, some 60 km northwest of Raqqa. The SDF commanders said the goal of the operation is to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS and a command center to coordinate with the US-led coalition had already been set up. According to reports, the first step of the operation will be to isolate Raqqa.
The YPG launched the advance from the town of Ain Issa and already seized the villages of Wahid, Umm Safa, Wasita, Haran, and Jurah on the way to Raqqa.