“Exclusive – Abdalaziz Alhamza “RBSS
During the last two days, International Coalition airplanes threw leaflets over the northern suburbs of Raqqa, near the conflict area between YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces and ISIS. Coalition forces have thrown leaflets over Raqqa several times before, the special thing this time is that International Coalition asked civilians for the first time to leave the areas controlled by ISIS. We quote : ( This is the time you have been waiting for. It is time to leave Raqqa)
Meanwhile, RBSS reporter indicated that there are more than 25 soldiers of the American troops in Ein Essa northern Raqqa. Our reporter pointed out that this group has been there for couple of months in order to train fighters and control military operations there.
RBSS has reported earlier that YPG and Syrian Democratic Forces have already begun several maneuvers and started moving heavy military equipments in several directions in an attempt to cover their upcoming military action.
In analysis, it seems that this move, which is expected to be led by International Coalition, will be limited to a small geographic area. The rumors about a military campaign ready to strike the whole northern suburbs are not true.
This conclusion is not a form of occultism, but it is based on several indicators on the ground. The size and the numbers of the military forces being prepared for the attack are not enough to launch a major military action; they are not enough to face ISIS in large areas.
On the other hand, YPG has become very cautious in its military actions northern Raqqa, especially after the multiple security and military breaches carried out recently by ISIS, which affected the strategic depth of YPG controlled area especially Tal Abyad and Ein Arab (Kobani).
Those breaches were considered a weakness indication on securing such areas. As a result, YPG erected dozens of checkpoints and prevented people and cars from entering those areas.
Recently, ISIS has strengthened their presence in the northern region by increasing the numbers of their troops in the nearby villages, not to mention trenches, barricades and minefields in the area.
ISIS strategy does not rely too much on defense; they focus on contra attack and sudden breakthrough. This strategy made YPG worry a lot more about their frontlines and made them reconsider any military action in any area that has no Kurdish majority population.
With that being said, if the International Coalition wants to ask people of Raqqa and its suburbs to leave their cities and towns, they should first provide havens and safe roads to secure civilians.
This planned military action should not only rescue people from ISIS, but it also should provide them with serious guarantees against falling under control of another extremist organization (The yellow ISIS) as to what people of Raqqa used to call YPG, because they don’t see YPG a lot more different from ISIS.
This is an important and fundamental point that should be taken into serious consideration by coalition and other forces who want to intervene and eliminate ISIS, because someone should care about the heavy losses that would affect civilians due to the upcoming military operations