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Syrian Civil War Topic & Iraq

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Syrian Civil War Topic & Iraq

Post by Deku Tree » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:30 pm

I'm no expert on the Syrian Civil War or anything, but I wanted to share this neat map for anyone that might be interested and make a place to discuss the war at the same time. Here's the map:

http://isis.liveuamap.com/

Based on google maps with area layers to indicate territory controlled by each faction and recent events. You can go back and see old events and how control over territory has changed over time. Here in the past week or two, Turkey has joined in with the FSA to create a buffer zone against ISIS along the Turkish border east of the Euphrates.

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Post by Deku Tree » Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:24 pm

Gary Johnson is taking a lot of heat for asking, "What is Aleppo?"

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/09/us/po ... .html?_r=0

Also, it looks like there's a big operation coming to seize Mosul from ISIS in the next few months.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-midea ... SKCN11E2DE

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Post by I am nobody » Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:29 pm

And there's talk of a similar US-Turkey operation to take Raqqa.

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Post by Deku Tree » Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:33 pm

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mosul-offen ... 1?mod=e2tw
“We’re preparing for a hard fight, a long, difficult fight” in Mosul, Gen. Townsend told The Wall Street Journal late Wednesday here at his office at the coalition’s base in Baghdad. “Really, it’s a siege I’m talking about here.”

The general said, however, that the push to reclaim Raqqa, the Sunni extremist group’s self-declared capital in neighboring Syria, was on hold. The Raqqa operation, he said, has been hampered by Turkish tensions with the U.S.-backed rebel force led by Syrian Kurds that is expected to participate in the assault, which follows the incursion by Turkey’s military into Syria in August.

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Post by Deku Tree » Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:53 am

Turkey's Euphrates Shield cleared out a decent buffer zone along the Turkish border over the better part of a month, though here recently some villages initially captured by the Turkey/FSA coalition have been recaptured by ISIS, some of those have been recaptured by Turkey/FSA, and some of those have been recaptured by ISIS again. ISIS hit a city on the Turkey side of the border with a rocket attack, motivating Turkey to send more special forces into Syria.

Meanwhile in Iraq, the Iraqi government has retaken Shirqat, which had been a key supply route to ISIS held Mosul, as part of the lead-up to the siege of Mosul.

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Post by Deku Tree » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:28 am

The Turks and the FSA have their sights set on taking Dabiq in the next few days. It's apparently pretty important ideologically, if not tactically, to ISIS. Something to do with Armageddon prophecy and the location. ISIS has pushed in massive reinforcements to defend it.

It's kinda interesting reading the comments section of the news updates. Turks and Kurds talking **** to each other doesn't sound much different than sports fans, console fanboys, etc.

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Post by The Amazing Tazy Ten » Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:49 am

Daesh shouldn't have anything.

Especially not a small town they're drowning in landmines because of prophecies.

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Post by Deku Tree » Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:09 am

Turkey wants to help kick ISIS out of Mosul, but Iraq wants Turkey to get out of Iraq. Erdogan says he's gonna help anyway.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... yptr=yahoo

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Post by Deku Tree » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:30 am

Woo! The Mosul op seems to have about gotten started too.

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Post by Deku Tree » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:15 pm

The Pentagon estimates about 3,000 to 5,000 ISIS fighters still in Mosul. The number of troops in action to take it from them is between 25,000 to 80,000 according to Al Jazeera and Washington Post, respectively.

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Post by I am nobody » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:41 pm

25,000 to 80,000 is less precise than what we can get for a lot of ancient battles. Any reason given for the discrepancy?

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Post by Deku Tree » Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:05 pm

Not that I have seen. Two separate articles that don't discuss each other. Something called "Rudaw English" says around 30,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops are involved. That number seems to come from Reuters. CNN says more than 54,000 Iraqi troops and 40,000 Peshmerga involved.

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Post by Deku Tree » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:40 pm

The Turks and FSA of Euphrates Shield have been doing more fighting with YPG than ISIS in the last couple days. They each want to take Al Bab from ISIS themselves.

In Iraq, ISIS launched a sneak attack on Kirkuk in the middle of the Mosul Offensive.

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Post by Deku Tree » Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:00 am

Things are really picking up in Mosul now that the ISF has begun taking neighborhoods in the city.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.bbc.co.u ... ndroid-htc

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Post by е и ժ е я » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:28 am

Stories of things like Daesh's use of people as human shields is actually beyond the scope of what awfulness I expected from them. It's a special kind of callousness.
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Post by CaptHayfever » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:13 pm

Where's Iron Man & his precision shoulder guns when we need them?

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Post by Deku Tree » Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:22 pm

A journalist traveling with the ISF gives an account of his time stranded in Mosul thanks to an ISIS counter attack.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source= ... eDBaODDZmQ

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Post by Deku Tree » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:55 pm

While the operation to expel ISIS from Mosul is going on, the Syrian Kurds have started moving in towards the "capitol' of ISIS, Raqqa.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wir ... a-43336954

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