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Airstrikes? Trump is not restrained at all

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March 29 · Issue #31 · View online

MENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Middle East, focussing on Syria and Iraq.

Key developments
  • Pro-regime troops, including the prominent Tiger Forces, regained territory after rebels advanced in northern Hama and were only few kilometers away from Hama city. The situation in Damascus, were rebels launched a surprise offensive close to the town centre, is similar. 
  • The pattern repeats across the country: Powerful pro-regime forces are overstretched which is why rebels can advance on multiple fronts. Some days later their offensive stalls due to regime reinforcements on the ground and heavy Russian airstrikes.
  • Remember that rebels are still fighting somehow conventional. It is natural that they get problems when their rapid advance halts and Russian warplanes unleash their superior firepower. 
  • If rebels changed their strategy to guerrilla warfare, one can image that the war could last for many years to come.
  • The Syrian Democratic Forces, led by the Kurdish YPG, continued their advance on Raqqa. They took the Tabqa airbase and reached the strategically important Tabqa dam. There is an ongoing discussion about the condition of the dam that has been possibly damaged by US airstrikes.
  • For the case of completeness: In Syria and Iraq, US airstrikes have killed hundreds of civilians in recent weeks. It is not surprising that many people in the region are rejecting ‘western efforts’ as they experience it mostly in form of bombs. 
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