Monday's HOT MIC
NEWS: On Friday, PJM reported about the observe-and-report mission conducted with the Syrian Democratic Forces by a top aide to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell found the SDF -- an anti-ISIS, anti-Qaeda, anti-Assad coalition composed of more than 50,000 fighters, female and male commanders, Arabs, Assyrian Christians, Kurds, and other minority ethnic groups such as Circassians and Armenians -- to be "some of the best partnered forces" that U.S. special ops "have ever been with."
Since launching the Wrath of Euphrates operation to retake ISIS' capital, Raqqa, at the beginning of November, the SDF has liberated more than 5,000 square miles of territory from the terror group. They've now encircled Tabqa, a strategic city at a dammed section on the Euphrates about 35 miles west of Raqqa. The Tabqa operation is on its 22nd day, and the SDF keeps advancing despite ISIS fighting back with heavy weapons; today's clashes focused on a main road leading to the city. And even more progress today as the SDF took control of Ayed Kebir, a village less than two miles south of Tabqa.
The SDF: Kill ISIS, dance, repeat...