US combat airlift marks deepening involvement in Syria - WTOP

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, arrive to attend the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the State... WASHINGTON (AP) — The United ...

US military helping operation to seize strategic dam near Syria's Raqqa - Al-Arabiya

The US military provided air and artillery support – and transported local forces – in an offensive for a vitally important dam near the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, officials said Wednesday. Tabqa Dam at the southern end of Lake Assad is about ...

Many killed in air strike near Raqqa - Saudi Gazette

Syrian volunteers, known as the White Helmets, walk amid debris as they extinguish fire reportedly caused by air strikes in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. — AFP. BEIRUT ...

Airstrike in Syria under scrutiny - Santa Fe New Mexican

BEIRUT — The U.S. military said Wednesday that it was investigating claims that it had bombed a school in northern Syria where activists said dozens of civilians had been killed. The strike, which hit a building in the rural north of Raqqa province ...

Deadly Air Raid Hits Refugee Shelter Near Raqqa: SOHR - malaysiandigest.com

Dozens of people were killed earlier this week in a suspected US-led coalition air raid that hit a school sheltering displaced people near Raqqa, ISIL's self-declared capital in Syria, according to a monitoring group. The UK-based Syrian Observatory ...

Against the Islamic State, the US Focuses on the Battle, Not the War - STRATFOR

In preparation for the battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed group comprising Kurdish and Arab fighters, has begun its campaign to isolate the city. (DELIL ...

Pentagon confirms airlift for Syrian fighters against IS - Xinhua

A helicopter hovers over the University of California's Los Angeles campus in Los Angeles, the United States on June 1, 2016. Two people have been shot dead Wednesday morning at a campus shooting incident of the University of California's Los Angeles, ...

US Airdrops Marines Behind ISIS Lines in Syria - Antiwar.com

US forces in Syria have begun airdropping troops behind ISIS lines near the town of al-Tabqa, and near the important Tabqa Dam. The exact details of the airdrop are still emerging but they are said to include some US Marines as well as a number of ...

US-backed forces begin offensive to take Tabqa Dam - Anadolu Agency

U.S.-backed forces have started a "multi-pronged" campaign to wrest control of Syria's Tabqa Dam from Daesh, the U.S.-led coalition confirmed Wednesday. Spokesman Army Col. Joe Scrocca told reporters the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) offensive took ...

BREAKING: Offensive To Drive ISIS Out Of Its Capital In Syria Appears To Have Begun - Western Journalism

As 68 nations gather in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. to discuss the Trump administration's new plan for defeating the Islamic State, the long awaited offensive to drive ISIS out of its capital appears to have begun. CENTCOM, the U.S. central ...

Dozens dead in US-led Syria strikes as coalition ups support - Yahoo News

US-led coalition strikes reportedly killed more than 40 civilians within 48 hours in northern Syria, as the Pentagon on Wednesday announced reinforcements to allies battling the Islamic State group in Raqa. In the deadliest raid, a suspected coalition ...

US troops, Syrian fighters insert behind ISIS lines to retake key dam in Syria - Washington Post

Hundreds of Syrian fighters and an undisclosed number of U.S. Special Operations forces launched a large-scale heliborne assault on the Islamic State in Syria, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The operation began Tuesday night and was focused around the ...

US-Backed Forces Take Strategic Syrian Dam to Block ISIS From Escaping Raqqa - The Drive

The maneuver appears to have been yet another blocking move, not just against ISIS forces but also against Syrian government and Russian forces. By Tyler RogowayMarch 22, 2017. The War Zone · Euphrates Dam · isis · Manbij · Raqqa · SDF · Syria ...

John McCain warns of 'tough decisions' on Syrian Kurds - Aljazeera.com

Senior senator says Turkey watching as decision must be made on arming Kurdish fighters in the coming battle for Raqqa. 23 Mar 2017 08:58 GMT. Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker. 0; All Social. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Senator ...

US-led coalition airdrops forces in Raqqa province - Yahoo News

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has for the first time airdropped local ground forces behind enemy lines near the ISIS-held town of Tabqa in northern Syria, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, opening a new front in the ...

US supports daring raid in Syria against ISIS - USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led coalition flew a contingent of Syrian opposition forces behind enemy lines in a daring raid to cut off the Islamic State's remaining supply line to the militants' de facto capital of Raqqa, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The ...

Syria: US-Backed Forces Capture Key Position Near Raqqa - STRATFOR

An offensive by U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State-held positions on the south shore of Lake Assad, the reservoir impounded by Tabqa Dam, on March 22 has allowed them to secure their first beachhead south of the Euphrates ...

Dozens Of Civilians Killed Near Raqqa In Airstrike Activists Blame On Coalition - NPR

An airstrike by U.S.-led coalition forces leveled a school west of Raqqa and killed at least 33 people, according to two activist groups monitoring Syria. The groups allege the attack, which they say occurred overnight on Monday and Tuesday, hit a ...

US Airlifts Hundreds of Militia Fighters in Attack to Cut Off Raqqa - New York Times

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an American-backed militia, advancing last month northeast of Raqqa, the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the United States brought in hundreds of Syrian militia fighters to seize a dam, ...

33 die in air raid on shelter for displaced Syrians near Raqqa - The National

BEIRUT // The US-led coalition is investigating reports that an air raid it carried out struck a school being used as a centre for the displaced and killed at least 33 people near Raqqa. US aircraft also ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied ...