Syrian Regime, Iranian Militias Advance West of Euphrates

Destroyed buildings in Syria. (Reuters)
Destroyed buildings in Syria. (Reuters)
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Syrian Regime, Iranian Militias Advance West of Euphrates

Destroyed buildings in Syria. (Reuters)
Destroyed buildings in Syria. (Reuters)

The Syrian regime and its allies launched on Tuesday a military operation to retake ISIS-held regions west of the Euphrates River days after seizing control of the city of Albu Kamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the regime is trying to impose its complete control over the city with the support of Lebanon’s “Hezbollah”, Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Afghan Fatimid Brigade and Iraq’s al-Najba and Hezbollah parties.

The regime was able to make fast advances due to the weakening of ISIS’ combat power. The regime focused its attacks on the towns of al-Salehiya and al-Kamsha and the regions in between them.

Some eight towns are still under ISIS control in the region west of the Euphrates.

The regime and their allies were able to make their fast advance due to the air cover provided by Syrian and Russian fighter jets.

The Observatory said that the battle to seize Albu Kamal left 235 regime forces, allies and ISIS members dead in the five-day struggle for the city, making it one of the fiercest fights in the Deir al-Zour province.

The regime and its allies lost some 109 members, 44 of them Syrian and 15 from “Hezbollah”. The rest are casualties from Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, Iranian Revolutionary Guards and other Iraqi factions. Senior Guards members were also killed in the battle.

No less than 95 ISIS terrorists were killed in the fight in Albu Kamal and its surroundings.



Iraq Says No Green Light to Turkish Operations in Kurdistan

Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)
Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)
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Iraq Says No Green Light to Turkish Operations in Kurdistan

Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)
Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said on Friday his country hasn’t given Türkiye the green light to carry out operations in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

In televised remarks, he said the Baghdad government needs to hold more “security discussions with Turkish officials, even though it recognizes that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is also an Iraqi problem.”

He added that the Turkish army has been deployed in some Iraqi territories since 1991.

The deployment will be discussed during meetings with Turkish officials that will be held soon, he revealed.

Previous discussions with Türkiye did not yield an agreement over the security file, continued the FM. Türkiye is tying its deployment to the presence of the PKK.

Given that the group is present in Iraq, then it must also be dealt with in an “Iraqi way,” he went on to say.

The Turkish military’s incursion of 40 kms inside Iraqi territory had sparked widespread political and popular uproar.

Iraq’s national security council convened to address the issue.

Spokesman of the armed forces Yahya Rasool said the council tackled the Turkish violations and interference in the joint Iraqi-Turkish border regions.

He stressed Baghdad’s rejection of the incursion and undermining of Iraq’s territorial integrity.

Türkiye must respect the principles of good neighborliness and work diplomatically with the Iraqi government and coordinate with it over any security issue, he added.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani had dispatched a delegation led by the national security council head to Kurdistan to discuss general affairs and come up with a unified position over Iraq’s sovereignty.