Battles between hardened fighters from the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL) continue around Deir-ez-Zor as units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) watch over ISIL’s recently-captured former capital city of Raqqa. Meanwhile, residents are taking steps to re-inhabit the Kobane Canton and other areas recently gained from the Islamic State
Unicorn Riot contributors visited the recovering cities of Kobane and Manbij in northeastern Syria as well as the grim frontline of armed conflict in Deir-ez-Zor, and obtained photographs from Raqqa. The following video presents various elements of life in Syria, such as displaced residents fleeing ISIL control, scoping out an ISIL holdout, clearing a booby-trapped building in Deir-ez-Zor, as well as rebuilding and creating new apartment blocks in Kobane.Bombed-out buildings litter the landscape of Kobane – November 2017
With over half of the country’s population displaced during the last few years and a majority of the infrastructure destroyed, estimates place at least a $300 billion price tag on rebuilding Syria. The human death toll in the Syrian conflict in the past six years, as of early November, was estimated at exceeding 340,000.New Building in Kobani Continue reading “Kobane Rebuilds: A Trip Through the Nth Syrian Revolution..VIDEO”
The spokeswoman for the campaign “Euphrates Anger” (Xezeba Firatê), Jihan Sheikh Ahmad, from the Yekîneyên Parastinê Yên Jinê (Women Defense Units, YPJ) campaign confirmed today the conquest of the old quarter of the Raqqa and the Darayeh district, to the West.
The control of the Old Quarter is a very remarkable advance as it was fortified by a historic wall and its narrow streets, complicated offensive operations.
Darayeh was closed at the beginning of the week and has progressed with street to street fighting.
1st Sept 2017. map of Raqqa. yellow is SDF contolled. A Civilian/Military Council of all ethnic and religious groups and women has been set up to administer the city, its reconstruction, relief and refugee organisation, etc, The new administration uses the model of the Manbij Civilian Council, adopting many principles of the Rojava revolution of Democratic Confederalism, but without direct Kurdish control.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have discovered networks of tunnels that were used by members of the Islamic State (IS). Continue reading “Old City of ISIS capital Raqqa has Fallen to the Revolutionary SDF”
“With the international coalition’s warplanes and the state-of-the-art weapons they provided to us, we will seize Raqqa from Daesh.”He asked civilians inside the city to keep away from IS positions and from the front lines. IS has been fortifying the city ahead of the coming assault, setting up barriers and covering the street to hide fighters from aircraft overhead.SDF leades announce start of Raqqa campaign
Full General Command of SDF declaration:
“After a long struggle, our forces and the forces carrying out a joint struggle against terrorists have marked in history their legends of heroism. Continue reading “Syrian Democratic Forces begin ‘great battle’ for Raqqa”
Blackmail.. by threats to leave Nato, to join the Russia/Iran/China axis, to expose the US creation and financing of ISIS.. etc, and Bribery.. by promising to conclude the huge new arms purchases, by perhaps blocking the Russian South Stream gas pipeline, etc.
The Plan is to effectively annexe the north of Syria as a ‘safe zone’ run by his own paid jihadi proxies, the FSA. Russia seems now to reluctantly go along with this, and excludes the SDF and Kurds from all negotiations.
Now the ruling Turks only need to get Trump on board.. so that their 5000 tanks can roll, the Rojava revolution can be destroyed, women can again be slaves, and a new 40 years war with Syria can begin. Continue reading “Turkey blackmails Trump to help Destroy Democratic Rojava and Hold it as a Turkish Jihadi ”Safe Zone””
Wed Feb 8, 2017 translated from kurdiscat with thanks
Kimmie Taylor came to Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) to make a study of 10 days. Now is voluntary militia Yekîneyên Parastinê Jinê Yen (Women’s Defense Units, YPJ) and combat Democratic Forces in Syria (Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF). His name is Zilan Dilb militia). Apoc has learned little by Kurdish militia and Saturday was between announcing the launch of the third phase of the campaign ‘Wrath of the Euphrates. ”
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27-year-old Taylor is dedicated to journalism. She has hidden realities in the Western press. Therefore it has been in Africa, Latin America or China. Why has remained in Syria? “Rojava has been given life. I came to carry out a study of 10 days. I came to write the revolution of women.Continue reading “British #YPJ Womens Fighter Kimmie Taylor: Rojava Revolution has Given me a new Life”
The statement was read by the spokesperson of Wrath of Euphrates operation room Jihan Sheikh Ahmad in the Şabdax village in al-Raqqa city.
The statement contains the following:
“Meanwhile the military operations are continuing in the western countryside of al-Raqqa for liberating what remained from its ISIS-held space, we declare the beginning of al-Raqqa countryside and city liberation third stage campaign that aims for liberating the eastern countryside of the city and rescuing our people from the terrorists of ISIS and their fierce practices that increase as their ending approaches, particularly that we are massively supported by our proud people including different component and the increasing aid of the global coalition forces as they are securing advance of our forces by aerial coverage and also the help special forces provide to our forces on the ground with the blessing of sheikhs and tribal notables, completion of the military campaign will be our major concern now in this stage”.
This phase of Wrath of Euphrates campaign will continue with all the military factions that participated in the previous stages in addition to a huge number of youths from the areas recently liberated, and military factions recently formed by locals during the wars led by Wrath of Euphrates operation room after they have been trained and armed by the aid and support of the global coalition forces to fight ISIS.
In this decisive war of al-Raqqa and its countryside’s liberation, we call our people to get away from the terrorists’ positions, and aid our forces as they reach their areas, in addition to that, people should be taking shelter from our advancing military units and resort to safe regions under our forces control.
Moreover, we call all free men and women of al-Raqqa to join our forces to complete liberating their areas.