Yesterday, US-backed Syrian rebels attacked the key border town of al-Bukamal, along the Iraqi border. Overnight, they briefly entered the town and took control of parts of it, but by this afternoon, ISIS had totally recovered the town and expelled the rebels.
Bukamal is along the main border crossing between Iraq’s Anbar Province and Syria’s Deir Ezzor Province. Both provinces are held in large measure by ISIS. The rebel faction, the New Syria Army, had previously taken the ISIS-held border crossing further south, at Tanf.
But Tanf, which largely links empty desert on both sides of the border, was never anywhere near as important, and with US airstrikes backing them, the rebels recovered the sparsely guarded crossing in pretty short order.Bukamal, it seems, is much more important to ISIS, and they were quick to muster reinforcements.
The New Syria Army claimed it was “surprised” by ISIS forces waiting in ambush, and was forced to retreat, though they did claim to have “liberated” a lot of empty Syrian desert from ISIS in the area south of the crossing.
That may be the last thing they do, however, with reports that they are struggling to reorganize after the ambush, and some analysts suggesting that the faction might never recover its modest amount of power, and eliminate yet another US-backed faction.
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More water seeking the bottom of it’z hill…..AGAIN…????? More lost lives and treasure. More hate created… All the better for the MIC…
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Again and again. These are NOT rebels but Kurds that US convinced to do the ground force against ISIS it was meant to be a simple takeover of small village. The result? Over 300 Kurds taken hostage! This is no NEW Sirian Atmy but Kurds and they be er fought against Assad. Never.
And niw to use them (and some number of unidentified “Arabs” — and call thrm rebels? This cannot end well.
When will media take to shreads such deceptions? It seems that even Antiwar is letting them get away with such transparent lies.
Why on earth use the word REBELS to continue the illusion that there are actually some good guys in Syria fighting ISIS and they are Wholesome American allies not terrorists. The trick was already tried with “free” Syrian Army.
When can we obtain a conscience and stop honoring such lies that prolong the conflict and mysery for millions of people. Just wrecking Lybia was nor enough ? There is nobody in Syria outside of ISIS and Al-Qaeda. that wants to work with us — and if they agree like Kurds they pay the price in lives and dignity. No Kurds do not like being called “new”. syrian Army — they recognize Assad’s army. What a mess. Now that Turkey has resolved its internal split — new leaders are no longer calling for Assad to go but are now saying that Syrian people dhould decide. Now — only ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and US are calling for his ouster. Some company indeed.
“Why on earth use the word REBELS”
Because words mean things, and because “rebel” means “a person who rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler.”
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