June 4, 2016

GREATEST WAR EVER:

Pro-government and rebel forces launch separate attacks on 'IS' in Syria (DEutsche-Welle, 6/04/16)

Both the Syrian army and US-backed rebels have launched fresh attacks against 'Islamic State' (IS) fighters. President Bashar al-Assad's forces may have made significant gains in one of the group's main strongholds.
   
Al-Assad's forces entered the "Islamic State" (IS) stronghold of Raqqa province on Saturday, the same day US-supported fighters opened a new front against the terrorist group in an area close by.

The advance is the first time government forces have managed to breach the boundaries of Raqqa province since 2014, when IS first emerged as a major threat in the region.

Aided by Russian airstrikes, which pounded areas in Hama province, along the border with Raqqa, government forces were able to reach the edge of Raqqa on Friday night. Forces are aiming to secure control of the Tabqa dam, the country's largest, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Raqqa city.

The capital of the province, also called Raqqa, is the de-facto capital of IS and remains a key target for those seeking to destroy the group.

Iraq forces gain ground from IS west of Fallujah (AFP June 4, 2016)

Iraqi forces gained new ground from the Islamic State group Saturday in a key area west of the jihadist bastion of Fallujah, security sources said.

Fighters from the army, the police and from the Hashed al-Shaabi -- a paramilitary organization dominated by Tehran-backed Shiite militias -- entered the centre of Saqlawiya.

The town lies around 10 kilometers (six miles) northwest of Fallujah and control of the rural area around it is key to cutting off the city which Iraqi forces are trying to retake.

Posted by at June 4, 2016 8:04 AM

  

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