Entire regiment of Kurdish forces depart from Raqqa and Deir Ezzor for Afrin front
[ALMASDARNEWS] A huge contingent of Syrian Kurdish fighters have departed from their positions and bases in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor en-route to the mountainous countryside of Afrin to assist friendly forces currently battling it out with the Ottoman Turkish Army and pro-Ankara militias.

The withdrawal of some 1,700 Kurdish fighters ‐ essentially a regiment-sized force ‐ from the greater Raqqa and Deir Ezzor areas towards Afrin has been confirmed by official Kurdish sources.

Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) represent the dominant component of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) anti-ISIS alliance.

YPG units have always provided the main striking power of all SDF operations against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bully boyz in northern and eastern Syria to date.

some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
these veteran forces now enter a new battle (against a much tougher opponent) missing a core support asset which they have hitherto enjoyed in copious amounts of ‐ US coalition airpower.
Posted by: Fred 2018-03-07