Pentagon satisfied with SDF operations against IS in Deir ez-Zor

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US Army Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie on Thursday told reporters that the US is satisfied with operations of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to defeat IS in Deir ez-Zor and denied reports that US hit pro-regime positions in Deir ez Zor.


“We believe that, on the Iraqi side of the border, they pressed up against it pretty -- pretty completely, and we're very satisfied with the way that's developing. In the Euphrates River Valley and Syria, particularly in the -- in the Euphrates River Valley east of the river, operations continue,”  Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie said.  
 
“I don't believe that they've completely closed up against the border, but they're moving in that direction. And after, you know, a pause for a period of time, those operations have now recommenced and are moving,” he said. 
 
The Kurdish-led SDF forces briefly paused their Al Jazeera Storm operation against IS in Deir ez-Zor, after Turkey attacked the Kurds in Afrin in January. Turkey and its proxy forces took control of the Afrin region on 17 March, and now the SDF is resuming its operations against IS, while the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) still carries out insurgent attacks against rebels and the Turkish army in Afrin. 
 
Moreover, the Pentagon denied that the US army struck Syrian army positions and killed 12 pro-regime fighters in eastern Syria. “I have no reporting that indicates anybody's struck Syrian military position, U.S. or coalition forces,” the general said. “The U.S. is not involved in that, he added. 
 
However, the US made clear they will defend their allies. “In terms of fight tonight, it means that the United States military stands ready to defend our interests of this nation and the interest of our allies,” Dana White, Pentagon spokesperson said.  

A report published by Al Jazeera Studies Centre this month suggests that there have been regular skirmishes near Deir ez-Zor between Syrian government forces, and its militia allies, and SDF forces with airstrikes from the Americans.
 
In February 2018 U.S. air units smashed an advancing Syrian government force, backed with Russian mercenaries, advancing on the Conoco gas field held by the SDF, the report said.

“These skirmishes are not against IS; they are clashes between forces in the Syrian civil war contesting control in eastern Syria,” the report written by former Syria US ambassador Robert Ford concluded. 

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Pentagon satisfied with SDF operations against IS in Deir ez-Zor

2018/05/1527248913.jpg
Read: 1117     16:34     25 May 2018    

US Army Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie on Thursday told reporters that the US is satisfied with operations of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to defeat IS in Deir ez-Zor and denied reports that US hit pro-regime positions in Deir ez Zor.


“We believe that, on the Iraqi side of the border, they pressed up against it pretty -- pretty completely, and we're very satisfied with the way that's developing. In the Euphrates River Valley and Syria, particularly in the -- in the Euphrates River Valley east of the river, operations continue,”  Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie said.  
 
“I don't believe that they've completely closed up against the border, but they're moving in that direction. And after, you know, a pause for a period of time, those operations have now recommenced and are moving,” he said. 
 
The Kurdish-led SDF forces briefly paused their Al Jazeera Storm operation against IS in Deir ez-Zor, after Turkey attacked the Kurds in Afrin in January. Turkey and its proxy forces took control of the Afrin region on 17 March, and now the SDF is resuming its operations against IS, while the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) still carries out insurgent attacks against rebels and the Turkish army in Afrin. 
 
Moreover, the Pentagon denied that the US army struck Syrian army positions and killed 12 pro-regime fighters in eastern Syria. “I have no reporting that indicates anybody's struck Syrian military position, U.S. or coalition forces,” the general said. “The U.S. is not involved in that, he added. 
 
However, the US made clear they will defend their allies. “In terms of fight tonight, it means that the United States military stands ready to defend our interests of this nation and the interest of our allies,” Dana White, Pentagon spokesperson said.  

A report published by Al Jazeera Studies Centre this month suggests that there have been regular skirmishes near Deir ez-Zor between Syrian government forces, and its militia allies, and SDF forces with airstrikes from the Americans.
 
In February 2018 U.S. air units smashed an advancing Syrian government force, backed with Russian mercenaries, advancing on the Conoco gas field held by the SDF, the report said.

“These skirmishes are not against IS; they are clashes between forces in the Syrian civil war contesting control in eastern Syria,” the report written by former Syria US ambassador Robert Ford concluded. 

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