DAMASCUS, SYRIA (13:15 P.M.) – On Sunday, Islamic State insurgents attacked numerous newly liberated villages in the western Raqqa countryside as the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were forced to momentarily pause their offensive in order to hold their ground and repel the jihadist assaults.

In the aftermath of the attack which largely failed, an estimated 70 ISIS militants where neutralized while the predominately Kurdish SDF captured 9 Kalashnikovs, a M-16 rifle, 3 RPG’s, 9 grenades and a rocket launcher.

Yesterday alone, the US-led coalition conducted a total of seven sorties in and around Tabqa city in support of the YPG-led Kurdish forces.

On Monday morning, the SDF officially reached the city center of Tabqa, capturing the Mosque of Mercy, Industrial Facility, Al-Tabqa school and some 30 adjacent buildings.

Heavy clashes are ongoing inside the city as we speak as Kurdish troops have brought around 30% of the city under their control.

The latest map of Tabqa can be found here.

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