Syria Daily: Russia to US — Stop Bombing Pro-Assad Forces

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Russia has warned the US to stop bombing pro-Assad forces in eastern Syria, enforcing an exclusion zone around a Free Syrian Army base where American special forces are present.

Moscow had been relatively low-key about three US airstrikes, two in the past five days, on the forces which include Hezbollah and Iranian-backed Iraqi militia. But on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (pictured) phoned US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“Lavrov expressed his categorical disagreement with the US strikes on pro-government forces and called on him to take concrete measures to prevent similar incidents in future,” the ministry said.

The US is enforcing a 55-km (34-mile) exclusion zone around the Free Syrian Army base at Tanf, near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders. It first intervened in mid-May to stop Hezbollah and Iraqi militia establishing a forward position within the zone.

The confrontation has arisen because of sweeping advances by both the FSA and the pro-Assad forces against the Islamic State in the sparsely-populated Badia region this spring.

Lavrov told Tillerson that the zone had been declared by the US-led coalition unilaterally, without the consent of the Assad regime. He said this was unlike the four “de-escalation zones” proposed by Russia — accompanied by Turkey and Iran — at political talks in the Kazakh capital in Astana in early May.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that, despite the dispute over the airstrikes, Lavrov and Tillerson confirmed their desire to step up co-operation to end the 75-month conflict.

Russia and the US have been holding talks on another de-escalation zone in southwestern Syria, near the Lebanese border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

See Syria Daily, June 10: Russia & US Discuss “De-Escalation Zone” in Southwest

Russian Defense Ministry: US Helping ISIS Leave Raqqa

The Russian Defense Ministry threw another jab at Washington, claiming the US and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are letting Islamic State fighters leave the city of Raqqa.

After a seven-month offensive, the SDF finally entered the outskirts of Raqqa, the central ISIS position in northern Syria, last week.

Russian commander Sergey Surovikin maintained:

Instead of eliminating terrorists guilty of killing hundreds and thousands of Syrian civilians, the US-led coalition together with the Democratic Forces Union controlled by it enters into collusion with ringleaders of ISIS, who give up the settlements they had seized without fighting and head to the provinces where the Syrian government forces are active.”

SDF Advances in Raqqa; 50+ Civilians Reportedly Killed by US Strikes

Inside Raqqa, the SDF continued to advance in eastern and western districts on Saturday, amid claims of mass killing of civilians by US airstrikes supporting the offensive.

Former residents in touch with relatives in Raqqa said at least 50 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the last 24 hours in residential areas.

At least 10 people were slain and dozens injured in attacks on Nour Street in the center of the commercial area, according to the sources.

Another strike killed at least 14 people in the western neighbourhood of Jazra, where an internet cafe was struck.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Civilians were told to leave Raqqa some while ago. What are they doing in an internet cafe in the middle of a war? Playing video games? Uploading selfies on Instagram? They win the Darwin award.

  2. So now that Qatar is going in bed with Iran (and Russia), will it tell Nusra and Ahrar as Sham not to attack Iranians and Assad? How is this going to work out? And how is it that Turkey is cooperating with Qatar?

    • Of course not. Countries can’t be total friends or enemies. In Egypt, lybia and Palestine turkey Qatar and Iran are on the same side but Syria is another story. Likewise turkey and Saudis both support rebels in Syria but differ when it comes to PKK. While turkey sees PKK as no. 1 threat Saudis see them as an ally to cut iran’s land connection to Syria.

  3. #SDF / #QSD chief @ilham_ehmed discusses importance of #SaudiArabia rebukes #Qatar in talk about post #ISIS #Syria alriyadh.com/1600918 https://t.co/gq3Ju18nm9
    https://twitter.com/NicholasAHeras/status/873526716089675776 6/10/2017

    Qatari and Turkish proxies are fighting Saudi proxies in Euphrates Shield.
    https://twitter.com/AmmarAliQureshi/status/873913446601031680 6/11/2017

    Reliable sources report Turkey backed groups are shelling areas W & NW of Manbij. US forces also targeted by shelling. Luckily no injuries! pic.twitter.com/U5scxXmyHz https://t.co/U5scxXmyHz
    https://twitter.com/mutludc/status/873666147907981312 6/10/2017

    • There is no saudi proxy group in ES region. AFAIK the problem is related with the control of the new border gate which will be opened in al-rai and replace bab as salame of azaz.

  4. British volunteers fighting against ISIS in Syria declare support for Jeremy Corbyn:

    “A group of British volunteers fighting Isis in Syria have called on the UK to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

    The socialist members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its International Freedom Battalion backed the Labour leader’s controversial comments on foreign policy following the Manchester attack.”

    “The group, previously known as the Bob Crow Brigade in honour of the late trade union leader, are fighting not just to defeat Isis but for a socialist “revolution” they see as the future for a peaceful and democratic Syria.” (LAUGHS)

    http://www.kurdishquestion.com/article/3927-british-volunteers-fighting-against-isis-in-syria-declare-support-for-jeremy-corbyn

    • This is so comic. But hey, it is predictable. The regressive leftists are just now realizing that YPG is a Marxist outfit and have taken a liking for it. Just see how they will whitewash PYD atrocities against dissenting Kurds and minorities. Communism is back with a vengeance. Corbyn just needed another 350,000 votes to win the election and dismantle British democracy.

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