Replying to @sayed_ridha
Iraqi Forces storm al-Qa'im center from several axis & have captured the bordercrossing with Syria, clashes in Gaza & al-Karablah districts
JohninMK wrote:SE. #Syria: reports Iraqi forces (Army & #PMU) crossed Syrian-Iraqi border after takeover of Al-Qaim & clashed w/ #ISIS 3 km S. of #AbuKemal[/i]
Cyberspec wrote:Pretty much game over if confirmed
On November 4, the Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA) reported that ISIS fighters who were trapped in Kati’ Island north of Deir Ezzor city are trying to escape through an area controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) or in boats through Euphrates river.
Meanwhile, Syrian local sources from al-Bukamal city reported that the ISIS command in the city collapsed. According to the sources, ISIS fighters, mainly foreign fighters, are now looting everything they can get their hands on in the city.
JohninMK wrote:Now embedded in this link is what you call a proper Grad, looks like 5 launchers, salvo
franco wrote:According to this map the SAA and allied forces advancing south from T2 have reached the Iraqi border and have turned towards Al Bukamal.
They are just obeying the orders of their masters.KiloGolf wrote:franco wrote:According to this map the SAA and allied forces advancing south from T2 have reached the Iraqi border and have turned towards Al Bukamal.
And with that IS is done West of the river. Winter is here to stay till February and they will run out of juice.
On the East they simply gave up to SDF and are leaving the country. Why SDF allows and facilitates this IS withdrawal is a different discussion. One that in my view warrants SAA to directly assault, attack and eliminate SDF. As it has shown to be a worthless, useless and dangerous actor in the fight against radical islamists. Sure Kobani was worth in supporting the Kurds, but all that support brought what exactly? SDF taking over all the oil East of the river, accepting IS switching sides and joining their ranks. Occupying a huge, oil-rich, non-Kurdish, Syrian area where they have no business having a presence (much like the Kirkuk situation in Iraq).
Damascus better prepare to invade SDF all the way to Hasakeh and Qamisli. They Kurds idiotically overplayed their hand and danced with the devil (IS).
JohninMK wrote:US digging in, literally. Couple more pictures at link
Samir @obretix 6h6 hours ago
Replying to @obretix
#PT satellite image of US military air base in Al-Hasakah province, NE Syria (21 Oct 2017)
miketheterrible wrote:Or encircle them and then demand them to leave or move in for arrest.
KiloGolf wrote:miketheterrible wrote:Or encircle them and then demand them to leave or move in for arrest.
You very well know that's a fantasy. Damascus' best option is clear IS West of the river, eliminate the Damascus/Ghouta and Golan pockets and only thren consider their options in terms of crossing the river and linkup with Hassakeh and Qamisli.
If they endanger US servicemen they can expect all of SyAAF airbases razed to the ground, just as a starter.
miketheterrible wrote:They are also there illegally, so they can't cry about it either. Blocking them entirely and forcing them out isn't a fantasy when it has been done to them multiple times in recent history.
KiloGolf wrote:miketheterrible wrote:They are also there illegally, so they can't cry about it either. Blocking them entirely and forcing them out isn't a fantasy when it has been done to them multiple times in recent history.
Israel is also occupying Golan but Syria has bigger problems to solve, like those huge pockets of salafi insurgents right next/inside their own capital. I don't agree that the small US contingent in Syria warrants a response by Damascus at this stage.
JohninMK wrote:The SDF still rolling south.