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The SDF, despite the US decision to demobilize the military forces in Syria, go ahead against Isis. Jazeera Storm hunts the Islamic State from Qalah
The SDF in Deir Ezzor have also expelled Isis from Qalah. They did, despite being displaced by the surprise statement of US President Donald Trump, who announced the end of the American military presence in Syria, following the defeat of the Islamic State. Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm) troops, after defeating IS in Hajin, advanced to the south and in only a few days of battle freed the new location. Now, the northern axis of the anti-Daesh campaign moves to Abu al-Khatir (Al Bukhater), where the advanced rates of Arab-Kurdish fighters have already begun to attack the jihadists. Part of the northern contingent, however, will remain in the area to clean the last pockets of the militia, such as the one in Tall Haim and the surrounding areas. The maneuvers continue also in the southern area of the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV), in Susah and Harse.
There is no shortage of criticism from the Arab-Kurdish forces on the White House: Withdrawing from northern and eastern Syria will negatively influence the campaign against terrorism, Daesh primarily
In the meantime, however, the SDF do not spare a harsh criticism of Trump’s decision to leave Syria. “When we are fighting fierce battles against terrorism in the last ISIS strongholds and its dormant cells, which are trying to organize its ranks in the region, the White House’s decision to withdraw from northern and eastern Syria will negatively affect the campaign against terrorism – reads a note by the Kurdish Arab force -. It will also provide a chance for terrorism and its political and military supporters to recover and launch an anti-terrorist campaign in the region. We, as the SDF, assure the international public that the fight against terrorism is not over yet, and the final defeat has not yet come. “
This tough phase of “clashes against ISIS” requires efforts from all sides and in particular the International Coalition must provide greater and continuous support to the troops on the ground and not withdraw from the region
“This tough phase” of clashes against ISIS “requires efforts from all sides and in particular the International Coalition must provide greater and continuous support to the troops on the ground and not withdraw from the region – continues the SDF statement -. This decision will directly jeopardize the efforts of the final battle “to defeat the Islamic State” and will have serious implications for stability and peace in the world “. Furthermore, it is advised that the choice of Trump will cause disappointment among regional actors. This is because a demobilization will “negatively affect stability and security. Furthermore, it will lead to the politico-military vacuum and to the creation of an anonymous future with risks and dangers “in the area.