Soldiers US Special Forces arrived in Ayn al-Arab in Syria to train and assist Kurdish fighters fighting against the armed group Islamic State (EI), the first official deployment of its kind in this country to war.
A source of the Kurdish people Protection Units (YPG) – main Syrian Kurdish militia – an activist Kobanî Mustapha Abdi and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) Thursday announced the arrival of tens military which, according to Washington, will have a non-combatant role of advisors.
Their mission is to “plan” offensive against Jarablus and Raqqa, the Syrian northern cities in the hands of the jihadist group responsible for atrocities in Syria and spectacular deadly attacks, told AFP the source of YPG.
The director of the OSDH, Rami Abdel Rahman, confirmed that more than 50 US instructors lead the Kurds for an offensive against Raqqa, de facto capital of EI in Syria.
According to the activist Mustapha Abdi, they entered Kobanî ‘recent hours’, but the OSDH said they had reached “the last two days” in two groups from Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan.
Thirty of them are “currently Kobanî (north) and the other in the province of Hasaka,” to the east, according to OSDH. “They need to come together to Kobanî to train Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS)” composed of Arab and Kurdish factions and Syriac Christians.
In late October, US President Barack Obama had given the green light to the deployment to Syria of up to 50 special forces soldiers in an advisory role, the first deployment of its kind since the beginning of the international war effort against the IE there is more than one year.
Their role is to “organize” anti-EI local forces, according to Brett McGurk, Obama’s special envoy for the anti-EI coalition. This term “isolate” Raqqa.
He said the coalition’s goal is “to stifle, strangle the heart” of EI in Syria and Iraq by coordinated attacks in the ground. In addition to an offensive Raqqa, it is also to cut all access to EI on the Syrian border, cutting the Raqqa-axis Mosul (Iraq) and resume Ramadi in Iraq.
In May, the United States had officially announced their first commando operation on the ground against IE in Syria, during which their special forces had killed dozens of jihadists, including a senior official in al-Omar (center).
In neighboring Iraq, hundreds of US advisors attend for months Iraqi troops against the EI and some of them helped early November Kurdish fighters in the town of Sinjar (north) to the jihadists, cutting a path important communication for EI between Iraq and Syria.
After the attacks in Paris (130 dead Nov. 13) and against a Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt (224 people Oct. 31), claimed by EI, Raqqa has become the main target of Russian air raids and French.
France and Russia have established an unprecedented cooperation against the EI and French President Francois Hollande is now seeking to establish a broad coalition to try to destroy the group.
But the French forces may be disrupted by the crisis between Ankara and Moscow, born of the fact that the Turkish army killed Tuesday a Russian fighter jet that crashed in Syria.
On Thursday, the Russian military said it had “destroyed” the rebel groups who were in the crush zone in the Syrian Northwest, soon after an operation that allowed the rescue of one of the two pilots. The other pilot was killed from the ground by the rebels.
Germany proposed to France to deploy a frigate and reconnaissance aircraft and refueling to participate in the fight against the jihadists. And British Prime Minister called on the Parliament to support the British strikes against EI in Syria.
“It’s in Raqqa some of the main threats against the country are planned and orchestrated,” warned David Cameron, saying that seven attacks foiled by British intelligence in the last 12 months were “related or inspired” by the EI .