DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 P.M.) – On Tuesday evening, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered and imposed full control over the eastern Raqqa neighborhood of Al-Mashalab after taking control over the adjacent Tall Bia hill hours earlier.

The Al-Mashalab suburb was first targeted by Kurdish probing attacks around noon today and then subsequently stormed after ISIS defenses proved surprisingly weak.

ISIS insurgents reportedly withdrew to a pre-prepared frontline in the neighboring Al-Mukhtalta district after ISIS gun positions and sniper nests where demolished by US airstrikes in the vulnerable Al-Mashalab suburb which represents an eastern bulge.

Jihadist commanders now hope to bring the battle to the streets of Raqqa itself. Across the border in Mosul, ISIS has proven formidable in defensive urban warfare despite facing overwhelming odds in terms of weaponry, armored vehicles and manpower.

Al-Mashalab represents the first suburb in Raqqa to come under Kurdish control. At the moment, the Islamic State controls little more than 90% of the provincial capital of Raqqa, known to be the self-declared capital of the Islamic State.

The rapid SDF advancement correlates with a statement earlier in the day by its leadership, declaring the final stage of the Euphrates Wrath offensive to be in full effect:

An interactive battle map of the region can be found here.

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Flay the Daeshbags

It begins…

Assad must stay
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Assad must stay

Beginning … of the end 🙂

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The battle of Mosul is not over and it started last October. I appreciate it is a far larger city but the forces involved are larger too. The issue for ISIS is ‘where do they go to ‘? Or do they make a stand in Raqqa now that the SAA and Russian forces are determined and able to stop ISIS going West toward Damascus. IF Deir Ezzor falls, all the inhabitants and SAA will be slaughtered there. IF that happens massive firepower could legitimately be bought on ISIS in the area. Even Nuclear. ISIS could not survive in the deserts… Read more »

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I am pretty dubious about them managing to take Deir-Ezzor : they couldn’t when they were strong and there are more aircraft available for help. Actually, if it went hotter, as it has already been, you can expect some additional Tu-22M and Tu-160 missions in order to add some carpet bombing to the feast. “IF that happens massive firepower could legitimately be bought on ISIS in the area. Even Nuclear.” => This time I believe you should really meet an analyst! ANY aerial nuking triggers at least 1 million cancers! We’re still paying the price for all aerial tests in… Read more »