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Focus: Syria - Mar 29, 2017


By bartolo - Posted on 29 March 2017

 

Clashes rage around Tabqa town after the Islamic State counter-attacks to fend off a US-backed advance near the militants' stronghold of Raqqa - alaraby.co.uk


Clashes renewed in the vicinity of al-Tabqa airbase between the Islamic State and the Syria Democratic Forces - SOHR


Raqqa-Tabqa road under SDF control - NRT English


Engineers repair Syria's Tabqa dam spillways after ISIS shelling - Reuters


VIDEO: ISIS began pounding the Tabqa dam with mortars. engineers evacuated and SDF/YPG reinforcements arrived. - syria.liveuamap.com


Engineer says Tabqa dam not in immediate damage, but needs urgent repairs (VIDEO) - almasdarnews.com


Red Crescent Team checks north side of Al-Tabqa dam in Raqqa province, say that the dam is out of service but it is not at risk (VIDEO) - Reuters


US- led coalition official: No imminent danger to Tabqa Dam, ISIS losing more ground in Raqqa - ARA News


VIDEO: ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq reportedly showing damage to the dam, states it was “completely out of service” and that its floodgates could not be opened - YouTube

 

Raqqa lives in darkness and thirst for the 5th consecutive day and panic in the city due to rumors about “the collapse of the near Euphrates Dam” - SOHR


The fight for a key dam in Syria could lead to 'catastrophe' for hundreds of thousands of people - Yahoo News


Monitoring groups say US behind deadly air strike on Syrian Tabqa dam that killed two local experts trying to repair it - FT


US-led coalition warplanes kill the man in charge of the Euphrates dam management in targeting him with a group of 12 persons including technicians in al-Tabqa – SOHR


Russian general claims US-led coalition hit Tabqa dam in Syria - militarytimes.com


More US troops may be needed for fight against ISIS near Raqqa, general says - Fox News


US-led Coalition to use Tabqa airbase during Raqqa operation - Sputnik


US military delivers equipment to Kurdish forces in northern Raqqa: report - almasdarnews.com


Syria's Raqqa expected to join Kurdish-led federalism: Kurdish leader - Reuters


Syrian Democratic Forces say handed over responsibility for the administration in the Raqqa countryside to the Raqqa Civil Council - Rudaw


US-led coalition has no intention to create federal Kurdish state in Syria: official - ARA News


The Kurds can take Raqqa, but they can’t stay, says top U.S. General. - Foreign Policy on Twitter

 

Syrian Coalition: Liberation of Raqqa should be assigned to the FSA - etilaf.org


Fantastic report based on interviews with the key 4 tribes in Raqqa. - A MUST READ, with important lessons - Charles Lister on Twitter


Lesson 1 - ALL of Raqqa’s key tribes are deeply hostile to U.S-backed YPG & skeptical of the SDF. Today’s strategy ensures further war. - Charles Lister on Twitter


Lesson 2 - A sizeable U.S troop deployment into eastern Syria based on today’s strategy is v. likely to spark a broader hostile insurgency - Charles Lister on Twitter


REPORT: Eyeing Raqqa: A Tale of Four Tribes - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Turkey ends 'Shield' military operation in Syria, PM says - US News


Turkish observers: 'Ankara, Damascus must unite' to halt US-backed Kurdish state in northern Syria - Sputnik

 

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Four Syrian towns reach evacuation deals between pro-government and rebel forces -DW.COM


More links on the reported Fouaa–Kefraya/Zabadani–Madaya agreement - Aron Lund on Twitter


The National Coalition is not at all fond of the Four Towns agreement - Aron Lund on Twitter:


[Unverified] reports that HTS may have received $30 million for agreeing to recent “4 towns” evacuation deal - Charles Lister on Twitter


Fighters, civilians evacuated from last militant-held district in Homs (VIDEO) - almasdarnews.com


Syrian government troops entered Deir Hafer: Report - southfront.org


Syrian army advance on Jirah military airbase (VIDEO) - southfront.org


ISIS-held Jirah military air base in Aleppo to be encircled by Syrian army (MAP) - southfront.org


Syrian Army overruns jihadi groups in northern Hama - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army regains the lead in northern Hama, recaptures another hilltop (VIDEO) - almasdarnews.com


ISIS offensive in Deir Ezzor ends in complete disaster, 30+ terrorists killed - almasdarnews.com


Syrian, Iraqi intelligence work together to destroy ISIS's largest base in Deir Ezzor - almasdarnews.com


HNC reiterates no role for Assad in transitional period & accuses Iranian-backed militias of war crimes - etilaf.org


U.S. envoy to U.N. Haley: Syria's Assad 'hindrance to moving forward' - Reuters


Russian Deputy FM rules out discussing Assad's future with US - Sputnik


Peace talks will continue until Syria has ‘territorial integrity’: Russian Deputy FM - almasdarnews.com


Russia urges Syrian opposition to not raise tensions - almasdarnews.com


Russia's Lavrov: still possible to renew cooperation with U.S. in Syria - Reuters


Lavrov interview: An “absolutely artificial hysterical situation was created” in U.S.-Russia relations—but not quite yet a Cold War. - The National Interest


Iraq will not sever ties with Iran despite pressure from Arab nations - Rudaw


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