Pentagon: Operations against IS in eastern Syria ‘paused’
[IsraelTimes] The Pentagon says offensive operations against Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria have been paused because US-backed Kurdish soldiers have shifted to a separate fight against Turkish forces.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, calls it an “operational pause.” He says that although ground operations have been temporarily suspended in the Euphrates River Valley near the Iraqi border, US airstrikes against IS holdouts in that area are continuing. This includes areas around the city of Abu Kamal.

Against US wishes, Kurdish members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces who had been fighting to eliminate remaining pockets of IS in the Euphrates River Valley have moved to the Afrin enclave in northwest Syria. Turkish forces have been attacking in Afrin for the past six weeks, seeking to drive out Kurdish forces.
Posted by: trailing wife 2018-03-06