A New War in the War

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August 31 · Issue #4 · View online
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Key developments
  • Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, have taken Jarabulus and advanced further west and south. They de facto established the safe zone in northern Syria that Turkey wanted since 2014. As a result, heavy clashes between rebels and the Kurdish YPG erupted. That confrontation is not solely a local dispute but provides considerable potential for a long-term escalation.
by @TheStudyofWar
  • Rebels launched a new offensive in northern Hama province. They seized the city of Helfaya and several villages.
  • Footage from Idlib and Aleppo shows heavy incendiary ammunition airstrikes. The tragic thing is that “red lines” have been overstepped so often in Syria that nobody cares anymore.
  • Darayya’s opposition finally surrendered after 45 months of siege. The remaining residents are transported to nearby government controlled towns while rebels leave to Idlib.
I heard a German newsreader say that “Something like normality returns to Darayya” - Have a look at this picture that Charles Lister posted. This wasn’t a victory for any side. It’s scorched earth.
Articles worth reading
Violently Ousting Assad Won't Solve Anything in Syria
One Man’s Terrorist …
Turkish Offensive on Islamic State in Syria Caught U.S. Off Guard
The ISIS Attack Dog Reported Dead
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