ISIS/ISIL conflict in Syria/Iraq (No OpEd, No Politics)

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    thought it'd be over by now but
    US-Backed Forces Admit to 'Difficulties' Beating ISIS in Syria https://www.military.com/daily-news...es-admit-difficulties-beating-isis-syria.html
     
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    Monday at 6:01 PM
    now
    Published 2 hours ago
    ISIS caliphate has crumbled and last stronghold liberated, Fox News has learned https://www.foxnews.com/world/isis-...ast-stronghold-liberated-fox-news-has-learned
     
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    from googlefu:
    The Rampage: Supersonic missile developed to destroy high quality targets https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/T...eloped-to-destroy-high-quality-targets-559785

    as the Russian blogger https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3610477.html

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    #Israel Air Force successfully used #Rampage for first time. Due to the danger of #Syria Air Defense Force's S-300PM-2s, #Israel Air Force had to use the rocket to target a rocket/ ballistic missile factory + weapon warehouses of #IRGC proxies in #Masyaf, #Syria on 13/04/2019:
     
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    c'est la vie, c'est la guerre (I skip what's Sen. Graham said against Trump and so on)
    US Troops Start Pullout from Along Turkey's Border in Syria https://www.military.com/daily-news...start-pullout-along-turkeys-border-syria.html
     
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    I admit I later didn't follow Iraq at all (there's impeachment, Hong Kong, ...), only now read
    Iraq's Uprising an Open Crisis with No Known Path Forward https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/10/09/iraqs-uprising-open-crisis-no-known-path-forward.html
     
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    Time to give this thread a bump, given the incredible changes on the ground of the last week.

    The Kurds have reconciled with Damascus and SAA forces are now deploying north and East to hold the line against the invading Turkish forces.
    The SAA are in full control of Manbij and are trying to enter Kobani. They are also in other major towns die north of Raqqa.
    Obviously a very fluid and very foggy situation all round.
    The big question now, is that with the arrival of the SAA and the apparent agreement of the SDF to integrate as part of the SAA, will Turkish forces remain active in the invasion, or will they now withdraw and leave all the fighting to their FSA militia's

    This is a very brief outline summary, written in the hope that it will encourage others to make more detailed and considered contributions.
     
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    Turkey will not leave to FSA for the moment because FSA was unable to stay in the game long ago. Without Turkey's cover they may not be able to face SDF. Turkey will try to replicate what it has been doing at the border west of Euphrates, a buffer zone.

    Before this invasion, Turkey and SAA have buffers between them, SDF and the deep green idlib. Now after US pulling out, they face directly in the East. From now on, SAA and Turkey's moves will affect one another. Syria may choose to limit direct confrontation with Turkey before finishing off the idlib enclave, this may give Turkey the will to stay for a while, so long as it keeps its announced objective of 30 km buffer zone.

    The bottom line is that, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran all share a common ground "no Kurdish state", so they would accommodate each other to some extent (no territorial annexation). There were two events reflecting this:
    1. Initially, Syria said that it will not protect an organisation (SDF) who collaborate with US. That is to say, Syria would rather Turkey to defeat SDF if they don't submit to Damascus' authority to some extent (Territory integrity)
    2. SDF leader said the choice of siding with Damascus was difficult but necessary to counter Turkish invasion. That is to say, if given a chance they want stay away from Damascus or even breakaway.
    SDF siding with Damascus actually serves part of (if not all) of Turkey's objective "preventing a Kurdish state at its border", it also serves Syria's objective.
     
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    So many sides in this conflict, it's difficult to keep track of the acronyms! o_O

    The SDF are the Kurds, and the SAA is the Syrian Army? Do you think we'll see fighting between Russian-backed Syrian Army and the Turks? I'm thinking Russia must have some agreement in place with the Turks or else Turkey would not have made its move. The fact that we haven't seen any condemnation of this from Russia is a strong indicator of this.
     
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