Syrian government begins al-Raqqa offensive

While the Syrian Democratic Forces approach the Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of al-Raqqa city from the north, the Syrian Arab Army has declared an offensive to claim it from the south. The SAA had advanced 10 kilometers of the 140 kilometers total distance from the city itself. Despite this massive undertaking, the government claims to…

Offensive to take Fallujah begins in Iraq

Last night, Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi declared the “Zero Hour” for the Fallujah offensive, marking the beginning of the long fight to recapture the city from the Islamic State. Originally populated by 330,000 people, civilians have been fleeing the city for months ahead of this offensive. Reportedly, the only civilians left in the city are…