NEWS DESK- In a step which is the first of its kind, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched another campaign coinciding with al-Raqqa liberation campaign to liberate what remained from Cizîre region countryside and eastern of the Euphrates River from IS mercenaries.
SDF and all forces in its ranks whose number is 33 military forces; Military Deir ez-Zor Council, People Protection Units (YPG) and Women Protection Units (YPJ) are participating in the campaign in coordination with Global Coalition forces.
The campaign which was named by “al-Jazeera Tempest” is being launched from 2 main axes (Abu Fa’s axis and Abu Khashab axis) in Deir ez-Zor, and these areas have been previously liberated by SDF fighters during the 3rd stage of Wrath of Euphrates campaign launched in February 4. The campaign started after regular and coordinated preparations with people, clans’ notables and sheikhs of the area have been held for a complete year.
This is the first time that SDF launch 2 coinciding campaigns as al-Raqqa liberation campaign is still ongoing, and al-Jazeera Tempest campaign has started.
Military Deir ez-Zor Council’s commander Ahmad Abu Khaolah stated that most of the members of Military Deir ez-Zor Council are the area’s clans, and sheikhs and notables congratulated the beginning of the campaign.
Ahmad Abu Khaolah said that IS mercenaries’ defensive fronts in al-Raqqa are collapsing a day after day, and the mercenaries’ end in al-Raqqa is coming up; moreover, SDF are progressing in the battles so IS mercenaries attempt to launch attacks on al-Shadady areas and the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor in a desperate attempt to raise their forces’ morale in al-Raqqa while the campaign was launched to defeat this attempt.
Ahmad Abu Khawlah assured that they are able to launch another campaign against IS mercenaries, and their forces are ready. Ahmad Abu Khawlah added “Military Deir ez-Zor Council is ready to liberate Deir ez-Zor governorate completely from IS mercenaries, and this is the suitable time to start the campaign of “al-Jazeera Tempest”.
The campaign was launched after SDF advanced nearly 35 km from Abu Fa’s axis towards Deir ez-Zor, and 25 km from Abu Khashab axis towards Deir ez-Zor too.
SDF supplied as usual special groups for liberating the civilians and taking them to safe areas held by them. Furthermore, Ahmad Abu Khawlah called for all the people of the area to stay away from the IS mercenaries’ headquarters and to head towards the safe corridors which were opened by SDF.