Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that in the coming days, the Turkish army will launch a major anti-terrorist operation on the eastern bank of the Euphrates in Syria. The areas where the operation will take place are controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) supported by the United States. They were mainly composed of…

(David Nassar) Are Riyadh and Abu Dhabi advancing a pawn on the regional scene? The Turkish daily Yeni Safak reported on 20 November that Saudi and Emirati troops were deployed east of the Euphrates in Syrian territories under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters dominated by…

Daech issued a fatwa aimed at “punishing” anyone attempting to escape from the area under his control east of the Euphrates, on the charge of “apostasy”, whether civilian or military. The fatwa came one day after the organization executed four women in the town of Shaafa, in the southern suburb of Deir ez-Zor, on charges…

Turkish attacks in Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria have led to a temporary halt in an offensive by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against Islamic State in eastern Syria, the SDF said on Wednesday. The SDF general command said the Turkish attacks had “led to the temporary halt” of the campaign it is waging…

Turkey has completed its “preparations” for a new offensive in northern Syria to “destroy” a Kurdish militia supported by Washington, but considered by Ankara to be “terrorist”, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday 30 October 2018. “We will destroy the terrorist structure east of the Euphrates. We have completed our preparations, plans and programmes…

The large-scale ISIS attack on positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the area of Hajin in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor has triggered a serious concern among Iraqi military leadership. While the SDF continues to claim that the situation in the area remains under full control, the real situation seems to…

The Turkish army shelled positions in northern Syria on Sunday of a Kurdish militia supported by the United States, but considered as “terrorist” by Ankara, reported the Turkish state news agency Anadolu. In the aftermath of a Turkey-Russia-France-Germany summit on Syria in Istanbul, Turkish artillery pounded positions of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) located on…

On August 4, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ended its military operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside and the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside after imposing control of more than 120km of the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA). As result of the operation, the SDF sealed the Syrian-Iraqi border on…