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Will Regime Forces and Kurds Meet in Raqqa?

MENAroundupMENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Mid
June 7 · Issue #41 · View online

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

Click to read some insightful articles regarding the GCC developments: Three potential motives behind the tensions, a brief look into the history plus an interview with the UAE’s Foreign Minister.
Key developments in Syria
  • According to a report, the US initiated negotiations to allow an FSA faction to take over 11 villages in northern Syria that are currently held by the rival Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Apparently, Washington tries to manage the Arab-Kurdish conflict that intensified as a result of its policy in the first place. 
  • For the second time, the US air force has targeted pro-Assad troops in eastern Syria that where close to the border-town of al-Tanf, where US-allied Free Syrian Army units are located. According to a statement, they destroyed artillery and anti-aircraft weapons.
  • The SDF-led assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State’s self declared capital, has begun. Early reports indicate that the SDF has already captured an eastern neighborhood. By now it is hard to predict if the jihadists will enter a fight like they did in Mosul or retreat south and concentrate on the strategically important city of Deir ez-Zor and the surrounding area.
  • Pro-Assad forces also pushed into Raqqa province. Without any doubt, the regime wants to be close when Raqqa falls. 
  • Despite the fact that it is part of the announced “de-escalation zone”, heavy fighting is taking place in Daraa city with reportedly dozens of elephant missiles and airstrikes. 
Articles worth reading
Terror spokesman Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir on a new Islamic state
Ankara looks beyond Raqqa offensive for fate of northern Syria
Jihadism on Its Own Terms: Understanding a Movement
Dairy godfathers: Syria’s new war millionaires
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