Syrian Democratic Forces unsung victory took place a few weeks ago. It all started once a U.S.-backed Syrian alliance of Kurdish and Arab bands pushed against ISIS in the jihadist Syrian capital of Raqqa, on Sunday, June 25, 2017. As a result, the coalition was able to take the Al-Qadsia region, stated by U.S. News & World Report. However, with civilians caught in the crossfire, to some, it is not much of a victory.
The Pre-Quell to a Victory
Earlier in the month, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began their onslaught in the city of Raqqa. This came after a long battle to drum up support for segregating ISIS members living in the city, which often plagues the region due to the varying governing factions.
The launch of the SDF was publicized on October 11, 2015, in Al-Hasakah during a press conference. The coalition was created on old previous support among the founding affiliates.
After three days of fighting, Qadsia fell to the hands of the Syrian Forces, according to a statement on one of its sanctioned social media sites.
Over the past 18 months, the SDF has managed to fight off the Islamic State and push them further from the northern region of Syria. The insurgents backed by Turkey have also seized land. Plus, this year, the Syrian militia has advanced quickly against ISIS in wasteland regions.
Isis Is the Thorn in Syria’s Side
The SDF was able to capture a large cache of ammunition and weapons after ousting ISIS extremists from a shop. Now, a huge part of the al-Barid region has been able to remain under their control since the takeover. There are still reports of terrorists hiding inside suburban buildings in the region.
In Syria, ISIS has been an ongoing terror. They ordered ground assaults on both government forces and opposition groups. By December 2015, they controlled a large region in eastern Syria and western Iraq encompassing a projected 2.7-8 million citizens, where it imposed Sharia law.
In 2014, The Wall Street Journal stated that 8 million individuals subsisted under Islamic rule. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has specified that ISIS’s intent is to subdue residents under its control and rule every part of their lives through fear and brainwashing.
They also withhold the delivery of services to those who follow do not the rules. Civilians, in addition to the Islamic territory itself, have publicized videotape of some of the human rights misapplications.
SDF unsung victory is getting tons of praise by the U.S. coalition. They have reinforced advances against the jihadist mercenaries throughout the Raqqa operation. This was done with heavy weaponry and air strikes.
Earlier this month, the alliance gave a statement that its air attacks had exterminated Turki Binali, a Bahraini priest who was the group’s chief religious consultant and the most high-ranking recognized Gulf Arab in the entire Islamic Kingdom. However, it seems that many citizens were being caught in the crossfire.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, declared that the explosions were worse a few weeks ago. Their statement was that the air attacks killed Fawaz al-Rawi, who was an influential Islamic State banker. Nevertheless, alliance air raids have also triggered vast numbers of civilian fatalities.
Later on, reports showed that the assaults in and around Raqqa had slaughtered almost 700 citizens so far, in 2017. The U.S. league declares it works hard to avoid killing innocent Syrian noncombatants and examines all reports to determine that they are successfully sticking to their promise.
According to some, the SDF unsung victory is not much of a victory if innocent civilians continue to lose their lives going forward.
By Jomo Merritt
Edited by Cathy Milne
U.S. News: U.S.-Backed Syrian Groups Take Raqqa District From Islamic State
Reuters: U.S.-backed Syrian groups take Raqqa district from Islamic State
ARA News: US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces make new gains in Raqqa city, capture ISIS weapons store
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