Focus: Syria – June 24, 2017

ISIS fully encircled in Raqqa city after latest Kurdish advances –

SDF fighters meets in Raqqa from the Eastern and Western sides – Qasioun News Agency on Twitter

Clashes continue violently in Al-Raqqah city and more casualties due to mine explosions – SOHR

Drone pictures: Two foreign ISIS suicide bombers pulverize Kurdish bases inside Raqqa (PHOTOS)  –

Latest from Raqqa operation: ISIS uses tunnels to arrive MFS SDF zone – SyriacMilitaryMFS on Twitter

VIDEO: Fierce clashes between ISIS and SDF/YPG continue in Raqqa – EndiZentarmi ✌ on Twitter

VIDEO: SDF fighters engaging what they think is an ISIS armed drone in Raqqa – ScienceOfDiscontent on Twitter:

VIDEO: 40 minute ISIS propaganda video shows clashes with Kurdish forces in the battle for Raqqa –

Amnesty declared for 83 ISIL members in Syria’s Raqqa, the Raqqa Civil Council says low-ranking fighters are pardoned as they do not have blood on their hands – Al Jazeera

Syria conflict: US-led coalition strikes kill 472 civilians in one month, says pro-opposition human rights monitor – AFP

Syrian regime forces and Iranian militias enter Deir Ezzor, expand control on borders with Iraq – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

VIDEO: Drone footage shows the Syrian Army’s advance near Deir Ezzor –

Fresh ISIS assault thwarted by Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor –

Syrian Army, Hezbollah capture Arak Gas Station as they push east to Deir Ezzor –

Supported by the Syrian and non-Syrian gunmen… regime forces expand their control in the Syrian Desert – SOHR

Israel hits Syrian military targets after errant fire reaches its side of the Golan Heights  – The Washington Post

Pro-government source says that HTS and FSA groups have repeatedly open fire on the Israeli-held territory in order to provoke Israeli military strikes on the Syrian army –

Syria releases hundreds of detainees ahead of Eid – ABC News


President Erdoğan: Turkey won’t allow establishment of a state in northern Syria –

President Erdoğan: ‘We are aware of the games being played in Syria and Iraq…We are determined to give our answer on the field’ –

Ankara hints about military operation against Syrian Democratic Forces in Aleppo – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

Ankara asks Washington for ‘joint mechanism’ to disarm Kurds of US arms – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

Syrian Kurds worry Russia, Assad made deal with Turkey against Rojava – ARA News

Kurdish activists say Turkish military buildup in Northern Syria threatens Raqqa operation – Military Times

Turkey, Russia, Iran working on Syria de-escalation mechanism involving US. Turkey and Russia could jointly deploy forces to Idlib: Erdogan spokesman – Daily Sabah

Astana hopes US to pay due attention to creation of de-escalation zones in Syria – Sputnik

US, UN and Jordan received official invitations for next Astana meeting on Syria – SYRIA 360°

U.S. military says crisis communications link with Russia ‘in use’ – Reuters

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