[ Ed. note – You’d think with ISIS on the brink of defeat that things would be cooling down in Syria, but the obverse seems to be the case. America’s new ally, the Kurds, are now warning the Syrian Army to refrain from crossing the Euphrates River. This comes just as Israel has expressed support for an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq. Despite the gains by Russia and Syria, the Oded Yinon plan still seems very much in play. ]
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:15 A.M.) – The US-backed forces in Syria said they will not allow the government troops to cross the Euphrates River as the latter continue to make rapid advances against the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor.
“Now we have 3 km between us and the eastern riverbank, once our forces reach the area, any shot fired into that area we will consider an attack on the military council,” said Abu Khawla, commander of the SDF-affiliated Deir Ezzor Military Council.
“We have notified the regime and Russia that we are coming to the Euphrates riverbank, and they can see our forces advancing,” he said. “We do not allow the regime or its militias to cross to the eastern riverbank.”
Earlier, the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the Syrian forces have already crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates following the major advance against ISIS in eastern 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,” she confirmed.