Euphrates Volcano

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Euphrates Volcano[1]
بركان الفرات
Burkan al-Firat

Participant in Syrian Civil War
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The emblem is a shield with the flags of the FSA and YPG on either side of the Euphrates river, with a volcano surrounded by a sun in the background
Active 12 September 2014[2] – Present
Groups
Area of operations Aleppo Governorate, Raqqa Governorate[1]
Part of
Allies
Opponents
Battles and wars Syrian Civil War

Euphrates Volcano (Arabic: بركان الفرات‎, translit. Burkān al-Furāt) is a joint operations room/coaltion established during the Syrian Civil War. It mainly consists of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and certain factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The group seeks to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from Aleppo and Ar-Raqqah provinces.[1]

In an October 2015 publication, the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War considered Euphrates Volcano as one of the "powerbrokers" in Aleppo Province, being primarily "anti-ISIS" but not necessarily "anti-regime".[6] The capture of Tell Abyad in July 2015 was a recent success of the Euphrates Volcano operations room.[7][8]

The YPG started to train FSA members of the group in 2014.[9] Although the Raqqa Guardians Rebels and the Jihad in the Path of God Brigade were mentioned as being part of the operations room, they released statements indicating that they were not affiliated with it.[10] The Jihad in the Path of God Brigade later joined the operations room.[citation needed]

Some groups operate under the name of joint-operations room as a united group, as some used the name during the establishment of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The Euphrates Volcano was one of the founding members. [11]

Affiliated groups

FSA

YPG

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bizar, Redwan (12 September 2014). "YPG and FSA form a joint military chamber to combat ISIS in Syria". ARA News. Retrieved 8 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ali, Jan (13 September 2014). "YPG and FSA launch joint military operations against Islamic State in northern Syria". ARA News. Retrieved 8 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces emerges as force against ISIS". Associated Press. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Bizar, Redwan (26 October 2014). "'Kobane has turned into hell for ISIS': official". ARA News. Retrieved 8 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Sly, Liz (13 June 2015). "Kurdish-Syrian force advances on key border town held by Islamic State". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Cafarella & Casagrande 2015, p. 3.
  7. Bizar, Redwan (8 June 2015). "Kurdish fighters and allied Syrian rebels continue progress against ISIS north Raqqa". ARA News. Retrieved 8 June 2015. “Our campaign will not stop until liberating Tell Abyad and expelling Islamic State terrorists out of the area,” Darwish said.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "How Islamic State Victories Shape the Syrian Civil War". Stratfor. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. Over the past week, the Euphrates Volcano outfit, which is affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, openly targeted the Islamic State-held town of Tal Abyad in northern Raqaa province.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Zaman, Amberin (16 September 2014). "Islamic State helping the PKK to gain global legitimacy". Al Monitor. Retrieved 8 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 10.0 10.1 Al-Tamimi, Aymenn Jawad (21 November 2014). "The Factions of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab)". Syria Comment. Retrieved 8 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. http://kurdishquestion.com/index.php/kurdistan/west-kurdistan/declaration-of-establishment-by-democratic-syria-forces/1179-declaration-of-establishment-by-democratic-syria-forces.html
  12. "بركان الفرات› تسيطر على ثمان قرى في ريف مدينة تل أبيض بالرقة" (in العربية). ARA News. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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