MADRID, Oct. 16 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The international coalition led by the United States in the fight against Islamic State has confirmed on Wednesday the withdrawal of its forces from the Syrian cities of Tabqa and Raqqa, as well as a cement factory located in Syria.
“The coalition forces continue their deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria. On October 16, we evacuated the Lafarge, Raqqa and Tabqa cement factory,” said Myles B. Caggins, a coalition spokesman, through his account on the social network Twitter.
The Syrian Army has entered Raqqa, the former capital of the Caliphate proclaimed by the Islamic State and that until now was under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS), headed by the Kurdish militia Popular Protection Units (YPG) .
The entry of Syrian troops into Raqqa has taken place under the agreement drawn up between the SDS and Damascus following the military offensive launched by Turkey in northeastern Syria on October 9 against Syrian Kurdish militias. The city was released from the Islamic State in October 2017 by the SDS with support from the international coalition that leads the United States.
On the other hand, Russian state television has reported that the Syrian Army has taken control of the military bases left behind by the US Army, whose withdrawal ordered the president, Donald Trump.
Also, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Russian forces have crossed the Euphrates River in northern Syria and reached the areas on the outskirts of the city of Kobani, pushing east of the SDS.
In addition, the Syrian state news agency SANA has reported that the Syrian Army has been deployed in three other locations located northwest of the city of Tel Temer, in the north of Hasaka province.
On Tuesday, the soldiers of the Bashar al Assad regime had already deployed in this city as well as in other provinces of Raqqa and Aleppo, including Manbij – a symbol of the struggle of the Syrian Kurdish militias against the Islamic State – and Ain Issa