DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:15 P.M.) – Over the past 24 hours, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have intensified their operations around Raqqa city, driving back an ISIS counter-offensive and taking over new urban areas.
On the northern flank, Kurdish contingents recaptured the 17th Division Army Base, Sugar Factory, military housing area and the Internet Piracy Headquarters, thus reversing all Islamic State gains over the previous week.
In the eastern sector of Raqqa city, the Kurdish-led SDF engaged ISIS militants in heavy clashes at the Al-Sinaa district and on the perimeter of the Tishreen neighborhood.
Footage of SDF fighters clashing with ISIS in Raqqa city. pic.twitter.com/SVPuqqoByT
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Kurdish units also uncovered an abandoned ISIS car bomb factory in the Al-Sinaa district although only two SVBIED’s have been used in the battle for Raqqa thus far.
In the western sector of Raqqa city, the SDF managed to impose full control over the industrial Hattin district after storming it two days ago. Elsewhere, the SDF reportedly captured the village of Suheil roughly 7 kilometers southwest of the provincical capital.
Effectively, four Raqqa neighborhoods have now been brought entirely under Kurdish control. Although the Islamic State is losing turf rapidly, jihadist belligerents still control roughly 85% of the city.