Kurdish Forces Announce IS Defeat in Eastern Syria

Syrians flee through debris after an air strike in the rebel-held town of Beit Sawa outside Damascus

In a surprising announcement, the People's Protection Units (YPG) also said the victory in Syria's Deir Ezzor province came with logistical and air support from Russian Federation, as well as the US-led coalition, its traditional backer.

The YPG was spearheading a US-backed offensive to oust IS from territory east of the Euphrates River, which cuts diagonally across Deir Ezzor, while rival Russian-backed Syrian troops battled IS on the western bank.

The YPG, announced that it had defeated Islamic State militants on its side "in cooperation with the Arab tribes".

The United States expects to recover heavy weapons and larger vehicles from the YPG, but lighter weapons are unlikely to be completely recovered, USA officials have said.

Earlier this week, the US-led coalition fighting Daesh said more than 400 US Marines and their artillery would be leaving Syria after helping to capture the city of Raqqa from Daesh.

The YPG, the backbone of the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces, bore the brunt of the fighting to clear IS forces from their self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa, Syria.

A YPG spokesman declared the victory in a village in Deir el-Zour province, in the presence of a Russian envoy from Moscow.

Syrian troops declared the city fully liberated November 3.

The US-led coalition has provided air support, weapons, and advice to the YPG and SDF in their push against IS.

Ankara has been infuriated by Washington's support for the YPG militia, seen by Turkey as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a decades-long insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terrorist group by Ankara, the United States and European Union.

YPG spokesman Noureddine Mahmoud thanked Russian forces as well as the US -led coalition for logistical and air support and said he hoped for more coordination with the two worldwide powers. Despite these efforts, the two offensives have sometimes come into conflict.

IS-militants once held much of the oil-rich province but have lost nearly all of it, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.



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