Syria War Report – October 19, 2017: U.S. Blames Assad For ‘Hindering’ Its Anti-ISIS Efforts


…from SouthFront

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and ISIS are still fighting for the city of al-Qaryatayn in the province of Homs. On October 18, the SAA retook the railway station north of it. On October 17, ISIS claimed that 20 SAA members were killed in clashes in the city’s vicinity.

According to local sources, the SAA has still not started a direct storm of the city because ISIS uses local civilians as human shields.

In Deir Ezzor province, the SAA has advanced against north of the provincial capital, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. According to pro-government sources, all villages there are now under control of government troops. However, these reports still have to be confirmed by photos or videos.

On October 18, the Republican Guard’s Gen Issam Zahreddine was killed in an IED explosion during the operation against ISIS in Saqr Island northeast of Deir Ezzor city. Zahreddine was one of the most prominent Syrian generals and a hero of the battle for Deir Ezzor. He had been leading government troops defending the city from ISIS terrorists over the past years. Under his command, local government troops kept control over the military airbase and a part of the urban area until the unblocking force reached the city and broke the ISIS siege in September 2017.

On the same day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee accused the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance of hindering efforts of the US-led coalition against ISIS during the battle for Raqqa city.

“This eminent victory by the global coalition and our brave servicemembers comes at a high cost, particularly to the Syrian Democratic Forces who suffered many casualties as they fought to liberate their own country from the oppression of ISIS,” she said adding that “Unfortunately, the Syrian regime and its supporters hinder the efforts to liberate Raqqa. Instead of focusing on fighting ISIS, the pro-regime forces attacked our partners and attempted to block them from liberating the Syrian people from the brutality of ISIS.“

Huckabee also added that the US remains “committed to supporting stabilization efforts and local security forces in liberated areas through a political transition in Syria.”

During the Obama administration, the words “political transition” meant that the US is seeking to overthrow Assad and to enforce the rule of the “moderate opposition” [accidentally linked to al-Qaeda] in Damascus. Right now, it is not clear what the Trump administration means when it uses these words.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) media wing announced that the US Special Envoy for the US-led coalition Brett McGurk claimed during a meeting with the SDF-linked Raqqa Civil Council that the “Syrian regime will never have a foothold in Raqqa.”
The American rhetoric definitely show that Washington is going to use the SDF and the SDF-held area as a foothold for own diplomatic and, in the worst-case scenario, military actions in the expected standoff against the Damascus government and its allies in post-ISIS Syria.


  1. It took great restraint for Putin not to bomb the U.S. and Israel out of Syria from the instant they illegally invaded the country with zero permission or authorization under any laws but the idiot in the WH would have likely started WWIII which effectively intimidated this totally legal action. This is the MO of Trump on every front, always the New York lying bully spreading the stinking horse manure all over the planet. One of these days he is going to receive a well deserved lesson and it won’t be pretty or smell good either.

  2. Assad hindering US anti-ISIS efforts? Can someone remind me who authorized US operations on Syrian soil? GTFO Murcia. If not for the US, ISIS might not have even entered Syria and they surely would have been defeated by now if the US hadn’t sustained their existence. The Syrian government could have made much quicker work of ISIS, if that was the only group they had to worry about. But sadly they had to worry about all the other US sponsored terrorists like al nusra, the so called “free Syrian army”, the so called “SDF”,etc. All terrorist groups operating in Syria have shared a common goal with the USG since the beginning of the Syrian war, the overthrow of the democratically elected Bashar al Assad.

    • If the USG wasn’t hell bent on overthrowing the legitimate Syrian government, terrorists would have never gained the ground they had. They might not have shown up in the first place. Everyone knows the USG pumps hundreds of billions into Saudi Arabia, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Everyone also knows the USG spent at least hundreds of millions on arming and training “rebels” (terrorists) to overthrow the Syrian government by force. Everyone has seen ISIS wielding hightech American made TOW’s. These groups that America supported took over city after city and ruined millions of lives in the process. The western media essentially sided with the terrorists by trying to paint Assad as the bad guy, spreading all kinds of lies about him directly targeting his own people

    • Assad has support from 88.7% of Syrian voters, so why would he target them directly? It doesn’t even make sense. Why would anyone believe the US is fighting ISIS in Syria? There is no reason to believe that BS. If the US was actually fighting ISIS in Syria their presence would be welcomed there, but it’s not. They would have aligned themselves with the Syrian, Russian and Iranian coalition, because they are the most effective anti ISIS force on the planet. Every time the Syrian government would achieve major gains against ISIS, the American propaganda machine would go into overdrive, accusing Assad of all kinds of atrocities and expanding their efforts to overthrow him.
      Both ISIS and America are illegal invaders in Syria and both seek to overthrow the duly elected Syrian government by any means necessary. So how is the US any different than ISIS in Syria?

  3. I’m not saying anything. (cough) (cough)
    … but still and all, I can’t help wondering if Tovarich, aka, ‘matey’, might have other plans.

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