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breaking news : russisan military storm raqqa isis headquarters in a surprise push, fighting trump backed "syrian rebels"!!

 
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breaking news : russisan military storm raqqa isis headquarters in a surprise push, fighting trump backed "syrian rebels"!!
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The Russia-backed Syrian military made a lightning advance Tuesday into the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) stronghold of Raqqa, opening a new front against the jihadis as they face a separate assault from local forces supported by the U.S.


The advancing Syrian army and its allies, which include Iran and various militias supportive of President Bashar al-Assad, met the defense lines of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed, majority-Kurd coalition of Arabs and ethnic minorities. The two groups, both of which are heavily involved in the fight against ISIS, have clashed

Further gains, reportedly spearheaded by the Syrian army's elite Tiger Forces, included closing in Wednesday on large oil fields near Thawra and Sfayeh that helped fund ISIS's global militant network. The military has also severed the final ISIS support routes to Aleppo, which was retaken from insurgents late last year in what was widely considered to be a major turning point in the six-year-long war.

The relationship between Russia and the U.S. has dramatically deteriorated in recent months. President Donald Trump, who once considered allying with Russia to battle ISIS in Syria, changed course after his administration was hit with a series of accusations concerning illegal, undisclosed collaboration with Moscow. In April, the U.S. accused Assad of conducting a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the northwestern governorate of Idlib, which is under rebel control. Although the Russian and Syrian governments challenged the veracity of these claims, Trump attacked the Syrian military for the first time days later, targeting an air base.

Since then, the U.S. has attacked pro-government forces three times, accusing them of breaching a "deconfliction zone" unilaterally declared by the U.S. in southern Syria. The U.S.'s "deconfliction zone," near the region of Al-Tanf and located by the Jordanian and Iraqi borders, has been viewed as illegitimate by Moscow and Damascus, in part because it was not included in a deal made last month by Russia, Iran and Turkey that created four "de-escalation zones" restricted from foreign military use elsewhere in Syria.
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