Printer Friendly

US-Backed Kurdish/Arab Force Begins Syrian Offensive On Raqa.

A joint Kurdish-Arab militia group called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Nov. 6 began its own offensive on ISIS' Syrian strong-hold in Raqa province, first moving on its capital city also called Raqa. This city has about 250,000 inhabitants, compared to Mosul's usual 2m population (but only about 1.2-1.4m by end-October 2016). The aim is to encircle the city and largely cut off the ISIS re-conveyor of arms, supplies and fighters. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Nov. 6 welcomed SDF's move, saying: "The effort to isolate, and ultimately liberate, Raqa marks the next step in our coalition campaign plan". US air-strikes target ISIS' command.

COPYRIGHT 2016 Arab Press Service
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2016 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:APS Diplomat Strategic Balance in the Middle East
Date:Nov 7, 2016
Words:108
Previous Article:Erdogan Campaign Against PKK Rebels.
Topics:

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters