BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – Over 1,000 fighters of the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been killed during engagements inside Raqqa city over the last two months according to an info-graphic released by ISIS propaganda.
According to the ISIS info-graphic (shown below), jihadist militants fighting inside Raqqa have inflicted losses of the SDF to the effect of:
- 1,040 fighters killed (207 by sniper fire); and
- 24 vehicles destroyed (6 damaged) including two Humvees, one bulldozer, three Toyota pickups, three BMPs, fourteen “other types” of vehicles and a drone.
Furthermore, ISIS claims that its forces carried out a total of 54 attacks on the SDF of which four were Inghimasis (shock troop) assaults, thiry-six were suicide missions and fourteen were “normal” engagements.
Realistically speaking, it is hard to believe that SDF manpower losses are actually as high as ISIS claims they are; more likely it is the case that SDF Raqqa battle-related deaths are around half to one-third of the number suggested in the jihadist info-graphic.