DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – 47 Islamic State combattants have been killed in the Raqqa countryside by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the past 48 hours as the besieged city of Tabqa witnessed its heaviest fighting yet.

Six suicide bombers were neutralized as the SDF largely foiled an Islamic State breakout attempt on the neighboring village of Ayd Al-Saghir yesterday while the rest paid the ultimate price amid urban warfare in Tabqa and its surrounding rural areas.

Nevertheless, jihadist forces managed to retake a small section of the otherwise liberated Alexandria suburb while the SDF on the other hand advanced nearly a kilometer inside the Ayid Saxîr neighborhood, seizing a large chunk of it.

By Wednesday evening, a SDF spokesman said their troops were in possession of 15 ISIS corpses as well as capturing their Kalashnikov rifles. Meanwhile, an additional two suicide bombings occurred in the city. 20 militants were killed by US airstrikes northwest of the city, a Kurdish source told Al-Masdar News.

The military source added that 6 SDF troops had been transferred to a hospital due to gunshot wounds. However, the source would not specify the Kurdish death toll. Sporadic clashes continue overnight as both sides gear up for renewed fighting.

Meanwhile, fresh Kurdish reinforcements continue to pour across the Euphrates River in a development which can be compared to the D-Day landing of 1944.

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