Since a Kurdish offensive towards the Islamic State capital of Raqqa began on Tuesday, some 150 U.S. airstrikes have struck ISIS insurgents inside the city and its countryside.
However, after three days of fierce clashes and aerial bombardment, just 31 ISIS fighters have been killed, according to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Nevertheless, joint Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured the villages of Fatisah, Mutamashrij, Nimrudiyah and Hisbah – the latter village has since been retaken by ISIS forces.
Some 250 U.S. special forces are deployed in northern Raqqa, fighting alongside the Kurds.
Meanwhile, reports claim Kurdish forces to be redeploying westwards to the Manbij frontline due to ISIS reinforcements pouring into the Raqqa governorate.