DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:15 P.M.) – On Thursday, ISIS launched its biggest counter-offensive against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) since the beginning of the US-backed Euphrates Wrath campaign, resulting in the alleged death of over 100 Kurdish troops.
According to Amaq Agency, Islamic State forces began their general offensive across the entire rural Raqqa frontline, deploying two suicide bombers to push back the SDF.
In the eastern countryside, jihadist fighters attacked a YPG camp and several SDF forward positions at the villages surrounding Al-Karama and Jadidat. Amaq claimed 56 SDF fighters were killed in this attack while an ISIS suicide bomber spearheaded the assault.
In the western countryside, several Inghimasi (ISIS infiltration militants) units charged against SDF positions from two axes, targeting the villages of Ajrawi, Ayed al-Kabeer, Ibad and Al-Mashirfa. Amaq stated one attack resulted in ten SDF deaths while the other saw 30 killed, largely due to a suicide bombing.
South of Tabqa Airbase, ISIS also launched a simultaneous surprise attack on Ajil village, bringing the total SDF death toll to 104 at the end of the day, the highest this year.
A Kurdish source confirmed clashes had intensified and said 26 ISIS militants had been killed across Raqqa. Al-Masdar News was not able to verify either claim independently.
ISIS did not gain any ground during the hit-and-run attacks, aimed exclusively at stalling the ongoing Raqqa offensive by inflicting heavy casualties.