Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский      Azerice      Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 24/10/2017 05:16 
11.08.2017 02:13 News >> Pentagon: More Than 50 Percent Of Raqqa Liberated

Pentagon: More Than 50 Percent Of Raqqa Liberated

It will be difficult to root out Daesh from Tal Afar, spokesman says.

More than half of Daesh's self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa in Syria has been cleared and the terror group has lost most of its income sources, the Pentagon said Thursday.

"Determined fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue to make progress against ISIS as they fight block by block in Raqqa," Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, said at a press briefing Thursday, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, another name for Daesh.

"The SDF has now cleared more than 50 percent of the city from terrorists," he added.

The U.S. has supported the PKK/PYD -- considered by Turkey as the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror organization -- along with several other Arab militia groups under the umbrella of the SDF, long vexing Ankara. The U.S. views the SDF as a "reliable partner" in its fight against Daesh and continues to provide it with arms and equipment against strong objections by Turkey.

Dillon also stressed that it will be a difficult fight to root out Daesh from Tal Afar, one of their last strongholds in Iraq, noting there are approximately 2,000 Daesh fighters in and around the city.

He said Daesh has been under great pressure after losing Mosul and most of its income sources.

"The coalition has struck around 30 ISIS banks and financial centers over the past three years, destroying tens of millions of dollars," Dillon said.

"The Iraqi government has cut off more than 90 bank branches inside ISIS territory from global financial systems."

Turning to an assault on U.S. troops in Manbij, a city in northern Syria, Dillon said U.S. forces came under attack by small arms fire and that the engagement resulted in "no damage to equipment or casualties on our side."

"We do not know who is behind these attacks. Our forces are clearly marked. And we have been operating in that area for some time," he said. " So it should not be news to anyone that we are doing this, operating in that particular area.

He added that the coalition troops did not return fire but "we do reserve the right to defend ourselves."

He also underscored that the U.S. will continue to advise its partners and reassure them in the region. -



        Latest News
Asean Defense Mins Discuss Terrorism, South China Sea 6 minutes ago...
Defense ministers of the 10 member states of regional bloc reaffirm commitment to address security challenges in region.
Canada Wants US Cooperation On Border Crossers -24 minutes ago...
Countries also discuss what to do about Daesh fighters returning home.
Philippines: 18 More Communist Rebels Surrender 6 minutes ago...
Government pushes for programs that help ex rebels reform.
Philippines: 42 Terrorists' Bodies Recovered İn Marawi -24 minutes ago...
Government shifts effort to rehabilitation of city destroyed by five month war.
West And Central Africa Lead World İn Child Marriages 6 minutes ago...
Girls in region face highest risk of marrying in childhood, says report.

 
      Top News
Asean Defense Mins Discuss Terrorism, South China Sea Asean Defense Mins Discuss Terrorism, South China Sea
Us: Cisco Acquires Broadsoft For $1.9 Billion Us: Cisco Acquires Broadsoft For $1.9 Billion
Update - Ankara Mayor Gokcek To Submit Resignation On Saturday Update - Ankara Mayor Gokcek To Submit Resignation On Saturday
Kurd Region Govt Urges Baghdad To Halt Army Deployments Kurd Region Govt Urges Baghdad To Halt Army Deployments
Turkey: 13 Get Heavy Life Sentences Over Coup Bid Turkey: 13 Get Heavy Life Sentences Over Coup Bid
Germany Oks Selling Nuke-Capable Submarines To Israel Germany Oks Selling Nuke-Capable Submarines To Israel
Moroccan Authorities Arrest 6 For Suspected Daesh Links Moroccan Authorities Arrest 6 For Suspected Daesh Links
US Apologizes For Refusing Indonesian Army Chief Entry US Apologizes For Refusing Indonesian Army Chief Entry
Turkish Stocks Start Week İn Red Turkish Stocks Start Week İn Red
US State Secretary Meets Saudi King İn Riyadh US State Secretary Meets Saudi King İn Riyadh