Who will control Euphrates’ southeast bank?


Recently rumors have come about stating that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the International Coalition, have withdrawn from Akirishi and allowed Assad forces to advance toward the village.

SDF controlled the village as of July 11th, but contrary to their usual tactics, they stopped advancing towards the east in lieu of taking a defensive position. The International Coalition had also stopped targeting ISIS east of this area. Once the SDF ceased their advance toward the east, the Assad regime and those forces loyal to it started marching from the south toward those SDF territories. They gained control of several villages and oil fields including Rasafa, Abu Dahal, and Salamalekum. But upon reaching Akirshi, Assad’s Army met with SDF to negotiate division of territory. According to the agreement they reached, the SDF will continue to control Akirishi and all areas north of Dier Ez-zor highway, whereas the Assad army will take areas south of the village including the local oil field.

In a related context, general Robert Jones, Deputy Commander in Chief of the International Coalition, indicated during his July 24th visit to northern Syria that the International Coalition plans to remain in Syria even after the war against ISIS is over. Moreover, Jones confirmed that they have drawn out boundaries with the Assad regime and that Russia has agreed upon them. 

In the past two weeks, both Assad regime and Russian warplanes have launched massive raids on Raqqa’s eastern countryside, as the International Coalition seems to have stopped blocking their forces from accessing the area.

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".