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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Race coalitions: the attack on Raqqa threatens to push the US and Russia

The Syrian government army continues offensive on one of the capitals of Islamic state (ISIS, Isil, the group banned in Russia) Raqqa. It clarifies the TV channel “al Arabiya”, the operation is conducted in the Russian support, the South-West. At the same time, Kurdish forces, who in March this year, strained relations with Damascus because of the intention to declare autonomy from the Arab Republic, come to the stronghold of the Islamists from the North.

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As specified, the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that is coming on militants from the neighboring province of Hama, entered the suburbs of Raqqa for the first time in 2014. In parallel, an operation to capture the “capital” of ISIS are Kurdish troops in the face of “Democratic forces of Syria” (SDF), which was also close to located to the North-West of Raqqa city Manbij, threatening to cut the supply of terrorists. SDF combat operations are accompanied by air support international anti-terrorist coalition headed by the USA. Also in the ranks of the “Democratic forces” there are about 300 us military advisers.

It is likely that the battle for Raqqa will Bang their heads not only of the Kurds and Damascus, but the United States and Russia, analysts say. “Between Russia and the United States is the rivalry for spectacular moves in the fight against ISIS – said “MK” researcher of the Institute of Oriental studies Gregory Melamed. – Russian demonstration took Palmyra. Accordingly, Americans want significant to take Raqqa. Russian and Syrian command do not need it – they would like to take it first. Of course, it would be good if there were some kind of cooperation coalitions, but there is a race – first one to achieve spectacular success. As for the Kurds, the Kurdish Federation, Rojava (declared unilaterally in March of this year – “MK”) claim that it becomes an alternative center of the gathering Syrian and all Arab lands. It turns out that they are now with Damascus rivals, who will be a kind of middle Eastern “Moscow” – Principality, which unites around itself the other”.

Meanwhile, it is reported that Kurdish-populated quarter of Aleppo, Sheikh Maqsood came under heavy attacks from the Islamist groups Jabhat al-Nusra” and “Ahrar al-sham” (banned in Russia). The militants pulled into the area of large-caliber machine guns and armored vehicles, reported RIA Novosti the representative of the Russian centre for reconciliation in Syria. According to the respondents “MK” expert, this was the revenge of the Kurds from those militants who passed from the IG to the ranks of “al-Nusra” and “Ahrar al-sham”, however, the bombardment of Aleppo is not associated directly with the onset of SDF in Raqqa.

“It does not koordiniruyutsya from a single center, said Gregory Melamed. – LIH and “al-Nusra” is not the same organization, they each other are in a difficult relationship. Here’s what happened: part of the militants who are regularly moving from one group to another, has moved from Raqqa to Aleppo. Turkey, apparently, has enabled these militants to pass through its territory to, firstly, not to allow to link up the Kurdish enclaves in the North of Aleppo and to the corridor which all the time was the supply of “An-Nusra” and “Ahrar al-sham”, working again. I it would be connected with the whole complex of events: dissatisfaction with Turkey’s Kurds and strengthen their offensive on Raqqa, at the fact that the jihadists are looking for new ways to continue the fight: if they lose, then you need to move to another place. As for the ISIL, in Aleppo it is not. At one time there were reports that there were iglovskiy the units, but more about that never remembered”.

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