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November 9 · Issue #14 · View online
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Key developments
  • Russia seems to prepare the renewing of its bombing campaign against rebel-held Aleppo.
  • The rebel offensive that began on Oct. 29 is stalling: Reports indicate that pro-government forces are in complete control of the strategically important 1070 Apartments area. However, rebel sources claim that fighting is still ongoing. It is likely that the rebels learned from their last failed attempt to break the siege (a small corridor, nearly impossible to defend) and will follow a different strategy this time.
  • The Islamic State destroyed a Russian combat helicopter in Homs province. In turn, Russia eliminated various IS targets in the area, pro-Russian outlets reported.
  • The Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurds and Arabs that is led and dominated by the YPG, announced a campaign to “liberate” the Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa. So far, the move appears more like a declaration of intent than a concrete (and promising) plan.

Articles worth reading
„Assad hat de facto keine Armee mehr“
What It’s Like to Meet Assad in Damascus
Saudi Arabia reaps what it has sowed
‘The Coalition’s Flawed Endgame Strategy for the Islamic State’
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