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CRT News Coverage
November 21, 2017

Reaching its limits in Syria, what is the next move for the SDF?

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Henry Jackson Society

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian regime have captured the strategic eastern city of Deir Ezzor from Daesh. Not only does this signify the loss of Daesh’s final urban stronghold in Syria, it also means that the SDF now has control of Syria’s oil-rich northeastern region, which had previously provided income for Daesh when it took over the city in April 2014.

Deir Ezzor is the last area where the SDF defeated Daesh in resource-rich northern Syria. Since 2014, the SDF fought against Daesh in the north with major support from the US, and now controls most of the Turkish border, including Raqqa and east of Deir Ezzor province.

“It was pretty clear that the arms were unrecoverable,”  Middle East analyst and research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, Kyle Orton, told TRT World. “I don’t expect that to change.”

While Russia does not openly provide material support like the US, it financially supports the YPG in Afrin, and provides the group with diplomatic support. It also protected the group on the ground several times by stationing its troops between Turkish-backed opposition groups and the YPG, effectively preventing assaults by the Turkish-backed opposition.

Read more on TRT World