On Monday morning, Arab newspapers touched upon SDF advance in the last pocket to eradicate IS, as well as the US withdrawal and Turkey's efforts to merge Jabhit al-Nusra with its mercenaries in the so-called National Army.
Al-Hayat: fierce clashes to expel IS from the last headquarter in the east of Syria
Al-Hayat touched upon the fierce battles launched against IS by Syrian Democratic Forces SDF continued in the context of the "Decisive Battle" to expel elements from the last strongholds of the "Caliphate" declared by the organization. The military spokesperson of Deir ez-Zor campaign said, “, told the «AFP»: « fighting has been continuous since the morning of yesterday, there are violent clashes at this moment, and have stormed», pointing out that «the fighters are advancing».
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported violent clashes between the two parties yesterday morning as International Coalition was launching aerial and artillery bombardment on the terrorist sites. "The battle continues," said Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the observatory. "Violent clashes broke out this morning and a mine blew up."
In an attack launched in September, the troops were able to advance within the last pocket of the organization and then encircle it within four square kilometers near the Iraqi border. "There are still about 600 terrorists, mostly foreigners, who are trapped in it," said spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces Mustafa Bali.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Gen. Votel expects to begin withdrawing US forces from Syria within weeks
"The United States is likely to start withdrawing its ground forces from Syria in accordance with the orders of President Donald Trump," General Joseph Votel, commander of the US Central Command, was quoted as saying by Al-Sharq al-Awsat.
"The exact timing of the withdrawal depends on the situation in Syria, where US-backed fighters have launched a final offensive against the enclaves controlled by IS organization near the Iraqi border," said Votel, who oversees US forces in the Middle East.
Al-Watan: Turkey's militias refuse to "merge" Jabhit al-Nusra under its political body…. violations of Jaish al-Shamal terrorists continue and the army responds
For its part, Al-Watan newspaper quoted Syrian sources close to the regime as saying, "Opposition close to the movements of Islamic Ahrar Sham and Nur al-Din al-Zanki, belonging to the militia of the National Liberation Front, that their military leadership informed some of the Turkish officers responsible for the observation points In Idlib and its environs, protesting the acceptance of the involvement of Jabhit al-Nusar terrorists in any political interface resulting from Turkish efforts to restructure the armed militias.
And the sources said" the inclusion of terrorists from Syria and Arabs of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham" to the Turkish-funded militias and their attachment to the so-called "National Army, which was formed by Ankra, would be removed from the status of "moderation" despite the Turkish promises that bet on extracting al-Qaeda's branch from the lists of international terrorism, including Turkey, if it responds to its plans.
The sources questioned the ability of Turkey to resolve half-solutions for a long time, which does not respond to the implementation of the terms of the "Demilitarized Zone", stipulated by the Sochi agreement between the Russian and Turkish presidents, in Idlib despite the continuing procrastination to bring back the last zone of de-escalation to the Syrian government under the agreements of «Astana» path, which is expected to put his Russian and Iranian leaders points on the characters of the final solution to the region, during the trilateral summit with the Turkish president in Sochi on Thursday.
Al-Hayat: Abbas told Israel to refuse to receive incomplete collection funds
On the Palestinian issue, Al-Hayat newspaper said that Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein Al-Sheikh said on Sunday that he had sent an official letter from President Mahmoud Abbas to Israel confirming that he refused to receive the money if Israel deducts one pounds from it.
The newspaper added that "the parties and major international financial institutions began to meet a US request to impose a tight financial embargo on the Palestinian Authority." Israeli media reports said that the Palestinian decision in this regard is a clear threat to spread chaos, which Israel does not tolerate.