Russian AirForce and Syrian Army kill 850 jihadis in Idlib

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

On Saturday, September 23, reports - backed by photo evidence - came in from military sources stating that the strategic town of Ma'adan, thought to be an IS stronghold along the western Euphrates bank was liberated.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, which are backed by the U.S., are fighting Islamic State forces in Deir Ezzor from the east while the Syrian regime and its allies approach the city from the west.

The Russian Defence Ministry yesterday said the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had taken up positions on the eastern banks of the Euphrates with United States special forces, and twice opened fire with mortars and artillery on Syrian troops who were working alongside Russian special forces.

Russian Federation said on Thursday that if US-backed forces like the SDF threatened Syrian government troops, it would not hesitate to target them.

Dillon warned that the meeting did not suggest that the cooperating with either the Russians or the Syrian regime and that the meeting focused on the prevention of "accidental targeting or other possible frictions".

The positions are part of a designated de-escalation zone, which covers Idlib governorate, the powerbase of a number of anti-government armed groups in Syria, the Russian military said.

Harrigan is commander of Air Force operations under U.S. Central Command, which carries out airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.

The Syrian army, backed by Russian and Syrian war planes, has captured about 100 km (160 miles) of the west bank of the Euphrates this month, reaching the Raqqa provincial border on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Syrian troops supported by Iranian-backed militias have also crossed to the eastern side of the river, increasing their presence in an area where USA -backed militias have also advanced.

Russia's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that the waters of Euphrates rose as soon as the Syrian army began crossing the river.

The assaults by the Russian-backed Syrian army and the US -backed SDF have at times raised fears of clashes that could stoke tensions between the competing world powers. Russian drones did not detect any clashes between the two groups when SDF fighters approached Deir al-Zor, he said.

The statement says Syrian government forces supported by Russian warplanes launched a counteroffensive and recaptured territories previously seized by the jihadists.

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