March 03, 2017

Skirmishes Mar Fight Against IS in Northern Syria

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Voice of America

Journalist Sirwan Kajjo

Nearly one week after Islamic State fighters were driven from the strategic town of al-Bab, northern Syria is in military disarray with U.S.-supported factions fighting each other and thousands of residents fleeing to havens to avoid the chaos.

Control of areas changes within a few kilometers and skirmishes break out amid an uneasy detente.

Turkish forces and their rebel allies drove Islamic State (IS) from al-Bab last week. Now Syrian forces, with the help of Russian airpower, are battling IS in nearby villages. Syrian forces too have fought with Turkish-backed personnel to keep them from expanding beyond al-Bab.

Read the full article at Voice of America.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...