US-Backed Syrian Alliance Reports Gains Against IS [VOA]


**US-Backed Syrian Alliance Reports Gains Against IS **


A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters is making headway against Islamic State militants in northeast Syria as a part of a major coalition operation to drive IS out of a strategic town bordering Iraq.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by coalition airstrikes, captured tens of villages and cut off a major IS supply route between Iraq and Syria, according to a VOA reporter on the scene. The move is part of a "Rage of Ash Shaddadi Operation” started Thursday to push jihadists out of the strategic Syrian town.

The SDF fighters told VOA they reached Ash Shaddadi on Friday and now fully control the town.

“We have cut off IS’s supply line between Raqqa and Ash Shaddadi town to prevent IS gangs from moving supplies to Raqqa,” Lewend Ahmed, an SDF fighter, told VOA.

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You have to go to the link and see the picture of ISIS prisoners sitting in the back of a pickup truck.

And good for the Syrian Democratic Forces, our guys indeed, God protect them!


Hey, good for them! Prayers for all in harm’s way today.


Very sad, I had to write this without actually creating another thread, related, US struck Libya, believed to be killed are 2 Serbian hostages.

**U.S. Air Strike Kills Two Abducted Serbian Embassy Staff In Libya **

Two Serbian embassy staff members kidnapped in Libya in November are believed to have been killed in U.S. air strikes against a suspected Islamic State (IS) training camp, Serbia’s foreign minister said on February 20.

Sladjana Stankovic, a communications officer, and Jovica Stepic, a driver, were taken hostage on November 8 after their diplomatic convoy, including the ambassador, was ambushed near the coastal city of Sabratha.

Dacic said that information about their deaths was given to Serbia by foreign officials but has not been confirmed by the Libyan government.

U.S. officials said on February 19 that the U.S. strike killed dozens of people, most likely including Noureddine Chouchane, a senior IS group operative behind attacks in Tunisia.


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