Syria conflict: Kurds launch campaign north of IS-held Raqqa

by BBC  |  published on May 25, 2016

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is believed to have deployed about 30,000 fighters.

US-led coalition warplanes will support the offensive and Russia has also given its backing.

The SDF did not mention any plan to take Raqqa, the de facto capital of the “caliphate” proclaimed by IS in 2014.

The alliance, which is dominated by the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) militia, has emerged as a key ally of the US-led coalition over the past two years, leading the fight against IS on the ground in northern Syria.

  • CharlieSeattle

    You Do Realize that the US (CIA) Funded and Trained ISIS, Right?


    freedomoutpost. com/you-do-realize-that-the-us-funded-and-trained-isis-right/

    Apparently the mainstream establishment media would more likely attempt to have people believe such a thing exists rather than expose the blatant reality that yes, the U.S. has trained and funded ISIS and without the U.S. government, ISIS would not be the threat it has become.

    It came out back in 2012 that the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were jointly running a US CIA and Special Forces command training base for Syrian rebels out of the Jordanian town of Safawi, but apparently according the Jordanian officials, that training ‘wasn’t meant to be used in Iraq’ (via WND): ……….Oops!

    wnd. com/2014/06/officials-u-s-trained-isis-at-secret-base-in-jordan/

    Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.

    The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.

    So future ISIS members were specially trained by the U.S. government, huh? Ya don’t say. But they weren’t supposed to be used for campaigns in Iraq?………..Oops.

    • CharlieSeattle


      Tired of playing games with the CIA and Obama, the Pentagon just attacked CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia this afternoon.

      It is unclear at this time if the cruise missile strikes took out President Obama and his Muslim Brotherhood advisers that have been directing the CIA trained and supplied ISIS/FSA proxy forces in Syria, Turkey and Iraq for the last 2 years.

      Explosions are firefights are intense as special forces attempt to storm the ruins.

      Followup at 10 PM EST

  • williweb

    Three cheers for the Kurds! The whole world is rooting for you to destroy IS.

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