TSI Syria Update: September 11, 2017

A brief overview of key military, political, and humanitarian news developments in Syria.

Military

  • On Saturday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the launch of Operation Jizirah Storm with the Deir Ezzor Military Council to liberate Deir Ezzor province from ISIS. (YPG, Al-Jazeera)
  • Armed opposition group (AOG) Osoud al-Sharqiya operating in al-Badiya region of Syria accused Russian warplanes of using white phosphorus and chlorine gas against them in al-Badiya. (Osoud al-Sharqiya-AR)
  • On Sunday, the US-backed SDF took control of al-Moror neighborhood in Raqqa city from ISIS. (SDF Press)
  • Assad Coalition forces continued their push into Islamic State (ISIS) territory in Deir Ezzor city over the weekend and into Monday, with Russian and Syrian planes conducting heavy airstrikes. Russian airstrikes killed an estimated 34 fleeing civilians along the Euphrates on Sunday. (AFP, AFP)
  • US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reportedly reached Deir Ezzor province’s industrial zone on Monday. (Reuters, AFP, Syria Direct)
  • Assad Forces bombed the besieged Eastern Ghouta towns of Harasta and Madyara, killing two people in Madyara and injuring several others. (Ghouta Media Center FB-AR, Smart News-AR)

Political

  • German authorities said ISIS holds an estimated 11,100 blank Syrian passports, which can be easily filled in and used for illegal entry into nations. (AFP)
  • Opposition groups Osoud al-Sharqiya and Quwat Ahmad Abdo said that on Saturday they rejected an official request from the CIA (and other regional backers) to withdraw from al-Badiya area of Syria. (Reuters)
  • On Monday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the ceasefire Russia, Jordan, and the US brokered in southern Syria is a success, and the next step is to set up a de-escalation zone. (AFP)

Humanitarian

  • Today the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reportedly evacuated two girls from besieged Eastern Ghouta neighborhoods of Harasta and Douma as humanitarian cases. (@SYRedCrescent)

Notable Media/Transcripts/Reports

  • 7 SEP: “F1 money given to Syrian organisation with strong links to Assad regime” – Jack de Menezes (Independent)
  • 11 SEP: “Raqqa civilians find shelter in ruined Tabqa” (AFP)
  • 11 SEP: “Assad may win war but will preside over a ruined Syria” (AFP)
  • 11 SEP: “The state of Syria’s south: A month-long reporting series from Syria Direct” – Madeline Edwards, Justin Clark, and Waleed Khaled a-Noufal (Syria Direct)
  • 11 SEP: “Tehran Organizes al-Ghadeer Shiite Religious Events in Damascus” – Ahmad Majidyar (MEI)
  • 11 SEP: “Self-Defense and Strategic Direction in the Skies Over Syria,” – Ryan Fishel and Aaron Stein (War on the Rocks)