Syrian Army crosses Euphrates river to fight ISIS despite warning not to do so from Kurdish-led forces


September 16, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that the Syrian Army has crossed the Euphrates River at Deir Ezzor to continue its battle against ISIS despite a warning from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) not to do so.

A commander with the SDF, Ahmed Abu Khawla, had earlier said that his fighting force would not “allow” the Syrian forces to get to the eastern bank of the river.

“We have notified the regime and Russia that we are coming to the Euphrates riverbank, and they can see our forces advancing,” he said on Friday.

However, despite the SDF’s notification to Russia, Moscow has confirmed that the Syrian Army have crossed the Euphrates.

“Now we turn to the current agenda of international relations on the development of the situation in Syria. I would like to inform you that after a major victory in Deir ez-Zor, the Syrian Government Army continues to clear ISIS terrorists in the eastern regions of the country. The suburbs of this provincial centre have been liberated. The advanced units successfully crossed the Euphrates River, reaching its eastern shore,” Zakharova confirmed. 

“It is necessary that the UN actively participate in the humanitarian demining along with other countries that sincerely want to help the Syrian people,” she continued.

“Such assistance would be a real contribution in support of stabilisation and creation of favourable conditions for a political settlement in Syria,” Zakharova concluded.

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