Pentagon: "At the direction of Secretary Mattis, the US established observation posts in the NE Syria border region to address the security concerns of our NATO ally Turkey. We take Turkish security concerns seriously and we are committed to coordinating our efforts with Turkey"
3 HIMARS from the Omar oilfied and coaltion strikes in last hour on the Hajin town
Deir ez-Zur Eastern countryside: Al-Assad's forces launched raids and arrests in the town of Subikhan today, targeting a number of civilians for forced conscription.
"We have managed, thanks to the great work our folks are doing out there, to target and capture and detain some of his closest associates" per @brett_mcgurk on ISIS leader Baghdadi "If he's still with us, I don't think it will be for too much longer"
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, "He is in deep, deep hiding at best" per @StateDept's @brett_mcgurk "There have been times we thought he was no longer around and he would issue an audio tape, so it's hard to say" if he's alive "Know for sure, he was in very very deep hiding"
"Ballpark we're talking a period of months" to defeat ISIS in Hajin stronghold, per @brett_mcgurk
"There is a significant concentration of the most hardened ISIS fighters in that little splotch of territory" @brett_mcgurk says of Hajin Syria "A couple of thousand hardened fighters remain in that area"
"I just try to stay away from numbers" @StateDept's @brett_mcgurk says when asked about how ISIS fighters are left "The numbers have been all over the place.It's not numbers. It's capabilities," which he says are "significantly degraded"
"I think it's fair to say Americans will remain on the ground after the defeat of the caliphate, until we have the pieces in place to ensure that that defeat is enduring" per @brett_mcgurk re Syria
"Areas we have cleared of ISIS, they have not returned to claim physical space" per @brett_mcgurk "There are clandestine cells. No one is saying they are going to disappear. Nobody is that naive"
"You have to make sure the internal security forces are in place to ensure that those gains, security gains are enduring" per @brett_mcgurk when asked how long coalition will stay in Syria "So that will take some time"
"The military objective is the enduring defeat of ISIS" per @brett_mcgurk "And if we've learned one thing over the years, the enduring defeat of a group like ISIS means you can't just defeat their physical space and then leave"
"It's going to take time but it will get done. It's a very difficult campaign" @brett_mcgurk says of effort to oust ISIS from its last Syria stronghold
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Department of State:Special Presidential Envoy for the Global @Coalition to Defeat ISIS @Brett_McGurk provides an update on the campaign to defeat ISIS.
"We got it to a point where almost every ISIS fighter is wearing a suicide bomb, a suicide vest, the extent of IED emplacements, it's very very difficult fighting, so it's taking some time" per @brett_mcgurk Adds almost 1400 civilians have fled Hajin in last week or so
"We're down to the last 1% in the conventional military fight" @brett_mcgurk says of ISIS in Syria "We are preparing ourselves for the longer term and we feel pretty confident those pieces are getting into place"
"We're at a point in the campaign where we're really looking ahead to make sure we can endure, sustain all these gains" per @brett_mcgurk "The big focus of that is stabilization.this will really take a period of years" Notes 4 million Iraq is have returned to their homes
US-backed Syria n Democratic Forces "have pushed into the town of Hajin" - the last ISIS stronghold in Syria - in the past 48 hours, per @StateDept's @brett_mcgurk, adding "The end of ISIS will be a much more long term endeavor.No on is declaring mission accomplished."
Artillery shelling by pro-Assad forces on the outskirts of the village of Sakhr in the countryside of Hama
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Iraqi, French and U.S. 3d Cavalry Regiment artillery units on Firebase Saham conducted strikes to stop ISIS fleeing Syria into Iraq.
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Iraqi artillery units worked side-by-side with 3d Cavalry Regiment Troopers to conduct fire missions against ISIS.
Iraq's air force announced their fighter jets destroyed two ISIS targets in Syria, where a total of 44 militants were present
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RuAF RFF7333 RA85155 Tu154M from Chkalovsky - Latakia, Syria.
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SAA is shelling again Jarjanaz town, Southern Idlib region
Pro-Assad forces bombard with the heavy artillery the village of Janahara in the northern Hama countryside
Baghuz Tahtani is controlled by SDF.
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A Daesh tunnel in the Hajin
A renewed artillery shelling by the pro-Assad forces on the town of Jarjanaz in the south-eastern Idlib countryside
De Mistura: Stability in Syria needs a credible political process
SAA shooting at Al Tamenah outskirts with machine guns
Austria's President after meeting Lebanese President Michel Aoun: We want to take part in Syria's reconstruction when the war is over
UN: Some 5.6 million Syria refugees are currently registered across the region with around one million newly born in exile since war began
Many Syrian refugees face problems with documentation and property that hinder their return and the Syrian government must help resolve this - UNHCR
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This recent video from IS near one of their last strongholds of Hajin, eastern Syria. Video presumably shows IS attack on SDF forces. Even IS fighter who misses leg joins in attack.
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OIR Spokesman: An ISIS fighter caught on video 9 Dec. using a window from a hospital in Hajin to fire at Coalition fighters. SDF forces took full control of the hospital the next day.
US envoy to Syria James Jeffrey visits Jordan and meets with his foreign minister to discuss the Syrian file
Some recording of coalition averaging at least 5 airstrikes an hour around Al-Bukhater, Abu-Hassan, Hajin and other surrounding villages
Confirmed SDF completely controls Jabal Baghuz and control is constant.
Amb Jeffrey and DAS Rayburn also met with a number of civil society actors, including from NGOs implementing stabilization projects in Syria, and Syrian refugees, where they reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to Syrians.
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ISIS Wilayat Barakah (north of the Euphrates) has released "Assaults of the Muwahhidin 3", a nearly half-hour-long propaganda video depicting recent developments in the fight with the SDF in the Hajin pocket.
Jeffrey and DAS Rayburn visited the site of US and Turkish military rehearsals for joint patrols in fulfillment of the Manbij roadmap and discussed with US and Turkish military officials the importance of the unique military cooperation between US and Turkey in resolving the conflict in Syria.
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SDF fully captured Baghuz Tahtani area
's Special Rep. for Syria Engagement Amb. Jeffrey and Special Envoy Rayburn visited Gaziantep on Dec. 8 to meet with U.S. and Turkish military officials, Syrian refugees, civil society actors, and political groups working on Syria.
The Syrian Arab Army targets the points of concentration of armed groups in the village of Tal Sakhr in the northern Hama.
SDF is attacking the Market and 20th street in Hajin town
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Intensive aerial bombardment of the International Coalition on the ISIS points in Hajin
Hayat Tahrir Al-sham arrests Hama medical manager D.Maram al shiekh alongside other medical staff in Kafrenbel. The arrest come after the mentioned doctors allowed treating wounded soldiers of (Al-watania tahrir frontier).
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The Local Administration Committee and the Municipalities of the Al-Raqqa Civil Council held its periodic meeting with its municipalities to submit the annual reports for 2018 and the achievements of the municipalities in the presence of the joint presidency of each Municipality in addition to the technical and financial.
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US troops reinforcement going to Hajin
Jordan cut the water supply to Rukban camp
UN Syria envoy: Work ongoing for constitutional committee
HTS spokesperson says the government has been mobilizing in northwestern Syria for the past month and a half, including by reinforcing units of the "Reconciliation corps", Fourth Brigade and Republican Guard
A spokesperson for Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham (a coalition of groups including the formerly al-Qaeda-tied al-Nusra Front) gave an interview to a media linked to the group
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Turkish 20th Armored Brigade moving to the Syrian border in Sanliurfa
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SAA is shelling Jarjanaz town, Southern Idlib region, de-escalation zone.
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U.S. Central Command:U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons pull away after being refueled by a 28th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of @CJTFOIR, Nov. 29.
Rocket attack on Jarjanaz town in Maarat Al Numan
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Hajin hospital under control of SDF
SDF has captured Hajin Hospital from ISIS
Unknown gunmen assassinate a policeman in Tel-Rafat north of Aleppo
Two SDF fighters were killed and two others wounded by a mortar shell when a mortar shell landed in the Hawamah area of a Hajin town east of Deir al-Zour.
4 SDF fighters were killed by unknown gunmen in Theban, Deir Ez-Zor Governorate
Hama: pro-Assad forces artillery shelling agricultural lands near Murek city in Northern Hama