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Sunday, June 3

The revised Syrian Spring: "Assad Leave" is OUT. "America Leave" is IN.

A 'popular resistance' against the U.S. in Syria got underway in late March in Raqqa. It's been spreading since then.   

June 3 - 70 Syrian tribes hold meeting against US presence in Syria, new military force formed to kick out foreign troops


... The tribal leaders announced the formation of a popular resistance unit that will fight alongside the Syrian Arab Army in a bid to liberate all Syrian lands and all foreign forces in Syria. According to a military source, the new force will make a direct move against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and U.S. armed forces in eastern Syria. [Al-Masdar News]
May 16 - Residents in western Raqqa town protest US-backed forces

The city of Raqqa faced an unseen amount of destruction during the US-led coalition's attack against ISIS forces there (Photo by Sputnik/ Hikmet Durgun)

Residents of the village of al-Jarniyeh located in Syria’s Western Raqqa took to the streets to protest against “forced recruitment and brutal measures” employed by Kurdish militias controlling the area, Fars news agency reports. The protesters allegedly called for the Kurdish forces to complete their withdrawal from the area.
According to local sources cited by Fars, civilian residents of Central Raqqa were earlier attacked by Kurdish militants after the former staged a protest against the US military presence in the region, with at least seven protesters being arrested during the commotion.

Also, a number of Kurdish officials and military commanders were reportedly killed in Raqqa amid what the news agency described as an “intensified popular uprising,” while at least one Kurdish militant was murdered by unknown assailants in Hasakah province. ... [Al-Masdar News]
May 2 - Three videos showing protests in Raqqa
People call for the departure of US-occupation forces and the return of the Syrian state while flying the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic and praising Bashar Al-Assad. [Reddit]

April 4 - Hundreds of Raqqa Residents Demand US Troop Withdrawal - Report

... According to the Iranian Al-Alam TV channel, a massive demonstration is taking place in the central street of Raqqa, where "hundreds of Raqqa residents" holding national Syrian flags are advocating the expulsion of the US military presence. According to the media platform, inhabitants are demanding that the US withdraw from the northeastern parts of Syria and slamming the airstrikes, conducted by the US, UK and France on April 14. They also urged the speedy return of the legitimate Syrian government to the city and the start of restoration work in Raqqa. ... [Sputnik]

April 2 - No to 'Occupation Forces': WATCH Militia in Raqqa Allegedly Shell US Base
Local residents have been expressing their discontent with the policy conducted in Raqqa by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US coalition-appointed authorities. They took their protest to the streets on March 27 and organized a resistance militia. ... [Sputnik]
March 30 -  Arabs Start Uprising Against US-Backed Armed Groups Near Raqqa - Russian MoD
... The native Arab population began an uprising against US-controlled units in the suburbs of the Syrian city of Raqqa, Russian Chief of the General Staff Sergei Rudskoy said. 
"The command of the Syrian Democratic Forces and local governments, appointed by the Americans, do not cope with the need to resolve humanitarian problems. The native Arab population is subjected to repression and punishment, forced mobilization is being carried out. This causes sharp discontent among local residents," he said.
The infrastructure of Raqqa, Syria, where nearly 95,000 people have returned, is completely destroyed, according Rudskoy. ...
"According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, a disastrous humanitarian crisis has developed in Raqqa," Rudskoy said.
He noted that because the water main isn't working, there are serious problems with water supplies. Water is often taken directly from the Euphrates, which increases the threat of the spread of infections and epidemics. ... [Sputnik]
See also:

June 3 - US-led Coalition Strikes Civilians in Syria, Leaving Eight Dead - Reports  

... The 'international coalition’ has committed another massacre, which killed eight members of a family in Dib-Haddadj village on the south-east of the Hasakah province," the source said, as quoted by the SANA news agency.
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According to the US. coalition's statistics, 883 civilians had been killed by its strikes since its operation started in 2014. However, estimates by monitoring groups are higher. In February, UK-based monitor Airwars said that up to 9,444 civilians had been killed by the coalition. [Sputnik]
May 12 - US-Led Coalition Strikes 2 Syrian Villages, up to 17 Civilians Killed - Reports
All military activities of the US-led anti-Daesh coalition in Syria are performed without coordinating with Damascus or on the basis of a United Nation Security Council resolution.

According to reports by the Syria Satellite Channel, 17 people have been killed due to two airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition against the villages Hidaj and Hamadi in the south of the Al-Hasakah region. Previously, state TV had reported that 8 people were killed during the incident.

Previously this month, 25 civilians were killed and over 100 injured by US-led airstrikes, which targeted the village al-Fadel near the town of al-Shaddadi, also in the Al-Hasakah region. ... [Sputnik]
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