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Does the Truce between Kurds and the Regime Crumble?

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June 14 · Issue #42 · View online

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

Key developments
  • US forces have moved a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) from Jordan into southern Syria in order to protect their forces and allies near the border crossing of al-Tanf. So far, the US air force has attacked pro-Assad militias that were heading towards the garrison three times. Iran intends to control the area and the important Damascus-Baghdad highway – but it is reliant on the Russian blessing and airpower to contest it. So far, Moscow acts quite cautious. 
  • As the Islamic State loses more and more territory, conflicts between former allies resurface. Pro-Assad forces, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, pushed into Raqqa province where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are leading the assault on Raqqa city. The Russian propaganda outlet Sputnik has already compared the SDF with the Islamic State, saying that both are ‘terrorists’. Funny thing: Not long ago, Sputnik hailed the SDF’s military accomplishments. 
  • The Assad regime has send large reinforcements, including units of the 4th Armoured Division and Hezbollah, to Daraa in southern Syria. 
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