On the fourth of April, Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that the "Islamic State is completely defeated", despite the renewed push by IS fighters to regain it's territory lost to the Allied coalition in 2017. This statement by the Russian President comes only a day after heavy clashes between IS and the pro-Assad Syrian Arab Army near Sukkariyah, Iraq.
Sukkariyah has been a hotbed of conflict for months as factions from all sides fight one another for control of the region. The SAA issued a statement the same day as the skirmishes against IS that it vows to fight against the Syrian Democratic Forces and the USA.
On the sixth of April, Erdogan warned France to pick a side: Turkey or the YPG. Considering that France has deployed it's military bases peacefully in Kurdistan and has been protecting Kurdish convoys along trade routes in the region, the choice seems to be clear.
United States troops will remain in ar-Raqqa for an "undetermined period of time" as tensions in the region escalate.
On the seventh, the Turkish military built a military base just north of Hama in Murak, Syria.
Today, the Russian government demanded that Turkey hand over the city of Afrin to Syrian control under Bashar al-Assad. Russia and the Syrian government are longstanding allies. Government forces under Assad began shelling an SDF pocket in Hash Haju, Syria.
Also today, two Israeli F-15 jets bombed the Syrian government-held Tiyas airbase in Homs province. This comes only weeks after Turkish dictator Erdogan's call for a complete destruction of the Israeli state.
US Defense Secretary Mattis said today, "We don't rule out military action against the Syrian government after reports of chemical weapons use in Douma."
Chair -- Revan M. Filiaexdeus
Revan Filiaexdeus is a freelance journalist and social activist who has been following the Syrian Civil War since it's origins in the Arab Spring of 2010. He is passionately dedicated to an objective covering of these events, facts-based war reporting and proactive, humanitarian peacework for the ultimate benefit of the human race as a whole.