DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:10 P.M.) – On Tuesday, a large group of ISIS fighters posing as refugees managed to infiltrate the Kurdish-held village of Samra some three kilometers east of Raqqa city itself.
Once the camouflaged ISIS insurgents opened fire upon Kurdish checkpoints in the village, heavy firefights broke out between the warring parties after which the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rushed reinforcements to the village.
Despite skirmishes lasting several hours, the entire group of ISIS militants was eventually annihilated and one of their car bombs neutralized in the process. Footage of the incident can be found below:
However, as ISIS wrecked havoc inside Samra in an apparent suicide mission, the SDF sustained upwards of 40 casualties.
Meanwhile, fresh clashes erupted in the Mashlab, Sinaa and Al-Nahdaa neighborhoods in the provincial capital; new footage depicting ISIS’ side of events in the latter district can be found here:
On the other hand, the SDF said it had too killed 40 enemy combattants amid clashes in Raqqa city and on its eastern outskirts, thus matching Islamic State death toll for Tuesday.
Since the battle for Raqqa began on June 6, the SDF has captured approximately 90% of Raqqa city with major support from the US-led coalition.