DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had a productive day in Raqqa on Tuesday after their capture of the southwestern suburb of Yarmouk the day before.
Pushing towards downtown Raqqa, the Kurdish-led SDF imposed full control over the Al-Qadid and Al-Jisr roads, thus allowing them to enter the neighboring Nazal Shihade district. Amid this advance, SDF units captured the Al-Sharaa faciility, Al-Jadeed bridge and Firat station.
Over the past 24 hours alone, 32 Islamic State members have been killed in Raqqa city, including explosive experts, media staff and suicide bombers alike. Most of the current fighting is centred around the Old City district and its historic Etiq Mosque.
At the same time, US Army Colonel Ryan Dillon insisted stage five of the Euphrates Wrath offensive had not stopped, contrary to a BBC claim. The US Army remains heavily involved in the battle for Raqqa with armored vehicles and warplanes, new footage reveals.
Clashes still continue in a handful of Raqqa’s neighborhoods while 8 districts have been liberated entirely, thereby putting some 40% of the Islamic State’s capital under SDF control.