US troops inside ISIS stronghold Raqqa

https://www.rt.com/usa/396159-us-troops-inside-isis-stronghold-raqqa/

US military advisors are operating inside the city of Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group’s stronghold in Syria, a US military official said Wednesday.

The US troops, many of them special operations forces, are working in an “advise, assist and accompany” role, AFP quoted Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), as saying.

The troops are supporting local fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), he added.

They are much more exposed to enemy contact than those in Iraq,” Dillon said.

However, he added that they are not in a direct combat role but are calling in airstrikes.

Commenting about the numbers of US forces there, he said that it’s “not hundreds.” The US has been vague about the number of its military forces operating in Syria.

While the UN has called the humanitarian situation in the city “dire,” the SDF supported by the US has been pushing inside the city since last month.

In response to the offensive, IS has been increasing its use of drones carrying explosives. “Over the course over the last week or two, it has increased as we’ve continued to push in closer inside of Raqqa city center,” said Dillon.

According to UN officials, up to 50,000 people remain trapped in the city amid the offensive while escape routes are being sealed off.

The availability of food, water, medicine, electricity and other essentials has been dwindling, Andrej Mahecic, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency, said Wednesday.

UN warnings of the “staggering” number of civilian casualties in Raqqa have been denied by coalition commanders as exaggeration, but the dire reports have been backed up by monitoring groups.

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boots on the ground..

“Commenting about the numbers of US forces there, he said that it’s “not hundreds.” The US has been vague about the number of its military forces operating in Syria.”

how long will they stay?

401

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12 Responses to “US troops inside ISIS stronghold Raqqa”

  1. “Commenting about the numbers of US forces there, he said that it’s “not hundreds.”
    still enough to claim “self-defence” any time US bomb whoever they want on Syrian soul…whenever is convenient…

  2. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive-idUSKCN1AX1RI?utm_source=applenews

    “NEW BASES?
    “They (recently) referred to the possibility of securing an area to prepare for a military airport. These are the beginnings – they’re not giving support just to leave. America is not providing all this support for free,” Silo said.

    He suggested northern Syria could become a new base for U.S. forces in the region. “Maybe there could be an alternative to their base in Turkey,” he added, referring to the Incirlik air base. “

    • The U.S. is still in Japan and Germany, so it makes sense (their MO), and the Philippians, not due to WW2, but the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American War ca. 1900.

      They have their foothold.

  3. https://trud.bg/350-diplomatic-flights-carry-weapons-for-terrorists/

  4. they (the Pentagon) are here to stay…

  5. Former Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Adel Kalbani: Daesh ISIS have the same beliefs as we do

    • the veil is lifted..

    • the origin of that “loving” wasabi ideology:

      The Nohahid laws: “First, the penalty for breaking any one of these laws, at least according to Rabbi David Bar-Hayim, is death (listen to the lecture for yourself!). Second, this list uses a euphemism when is speaks of “idolatry”. What is mean here is not some pagan blood ceremony to sacrifice babies to some god of thunder, but “Avodah Zarah”. How do I know that? Listen to the lecture again, the Rabbi is very clear about it.

      And what exactly is “Avodah Zarah”? It is “foreign worship” or, to put it simply, the religions of the aliens, the others, the nations, the goyim. This exactly the accusation made by Pharisaic Judaics against Christianity: making “That Man” (the typical Talmudic reference to Christ) into an idol.

      True, during the Middle-Ages overt references to Christianity were obfuscated and even today to the question whether Avodah Zarah is applicable to Christianity the official answer is wonderfully hypoctitical: Christianity is a “special type of avodah zarah is forbidden to Jews but permissible to gentiles, so that a non-Jew who engages in Christian worship commits no sin”.
      First, this is an explicit modern Jewish admission that those Jews who convert to Christianity are committing a crime deserving the death penalty.
      But, more importantly, this is clearly a cop-out as this “special type of avodah zarah” has no basis in traditional Pharisaic Talmudic teachings.

      So this might come as a shock to many, but according to Pharisaic Talmudists, all Christians deserve to be killed for the sin of idolatry. Feel the love…”

      http://www.unz.com/tsaker/a-crash-course-on-the-true-causes-of-anti-semitism/

  6. https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/09/02/islamic-state-continues-attack-forever-war.html

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/en/originals/2017/07/iraq-russia-visit-maliki-elections-lavrov-putin.html

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