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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

U.S.-Backed Forces Launch Offensive To Rid ISIS

U.S.-backed Syrian forces are launching an offensive against ISIS aimed at driving the militant group out of its remaining strongholds in northeast Syria.
Military officials made the announcement Tuesday, saying it’s the last step in bringing lasting stability to both Syria and Iraq.
In this photo released on Monday, April 30, 2018 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian government forces gather in front of a bus carrying al-Qaida-linked fighters during an evacuation from the Palestinian refugee camp 0f Yarmouk, near Damascus, Syria. More than three dozen Syrians held for years by al-Qaida-linked insurgents in the country’s northwest were released on Tuesday as part of a deal to hand over areas around Damascus back to the government, state media reported. (SANA via AP)
Operations against ISIS in the Middle Eastern River Valley began earlier this year after Turkey launched an offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin, Syria.
This resulted in Kurdish forces redirecting their resources from combating ISIS to bolstering fellow Kurds in Afrin.
The latest push against ISIS comes just a month after President Trump said U.S. troops would be coming home very soon.
Pentagon officials have said ISIS has lost about 90-percent of the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria.

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