Euphrates Volcano (Arabic: بركان الفرات, romanized: Burkān al-Furāt) was a joint operations room/coalition established during the Syrian Civil War. It mainly consisted of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and certain factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The group fought to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from Aleppo and Raqqa provinces. 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".
بركان الفراتParticipant in Syrian Civil War
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||10 September 2014 – 10 October 2015|
|Area of operations||Aleppo Governorate and Raqqa Governorate|
|Battles and war(s)||Syrian Civil War|
The capture of Tell Abyad from ISIL in July 2015 was a major success of the Euphrates Volcano operations room.
On 10 October 2015, the Euphrates Volcano was one of the founding members of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Soon after the formation of the SDF, the Euphrates Volcano was superseded by various other groups and military councils within the SDF. It was one of the few operations rooms which had been set up by non-government forces during the civil war that were able to transform into a "semi-stable" alliance.
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“Our campaign will not stop until liberating Tell Abyad and expelling Islamic State terrorists out of the area,” Darwish said.
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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.
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