While Iraqi and Kurdish forces are operating in Mosul in order to liberate the city from ISIS, coalition-backed forces in Syria launched an attack to free a large Syrian city from the murderous terrorist organization. Tens of thousands of soldiers from different ethnic backgrounds will be participating in the operation backed by the US-led coalition.

Rebel forces in Syria

Rebel forces in Syria Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Kurdish forces in Syria claimed that they launched an operation to expel ISIS from its capital city in Syria today (Sunday). A Kurdish commander said in a statement that a serious operation to liberate al-Raqqah was launched with the support of the US-led coalition.

In his statement, the commander also highlighted that tens of thousands of soldiers from various ethnic backgrounds will be taking part in the operation. “We asked Turkey not to intervene in the Syrian crisis and we asked that the al-Raqqah residents keep their distance from ISIS posts,” added the Kurdish commander.

According to the AP news report, the Kurdish opposition forces in Syria and the US-led coalition decided that the Turkish forces will not participate in the attack on al-Raqqah.

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said during an interview with the Sunday Times that the West is losing its power in Syria. “They don’t have a leg to stand on explaining to people what’s going on,” Assad said.

As reported earlier today by JOL News, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently elaborated on his country’s relationship with Assad during an interview with Channel 2 News’ Yonit Levi.