DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 P.M.) – The long-awaited battle for Raqqa may very soon begin as the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) advanced several kilometers in the northern Raqqa countryside today, seizing a dozen villages and hamlets from ISIS.
As part of stage four of the Euphrates Wrath offensive, units of the YPG-led SDF launched a blitz offensive that saw Kurdish troops seize a large chunk of territory along a road running horizantally north of Raqqa, threatening to cutoff an ISIS bulge in the area.
Effectively, the SDF were able to impose full control over the villages of Jisr Shahin, Al-Ruhayyat, Bir Jarbu, Jaroua, Im Emk and Hitash.
At least a jihadist dozen militants were neutralized, pictures revealed. Seven corpses were recovered by the SDF while others were either wounded or retrieved by ISIS. Meanwhile, new SDF gains were also reported in Tabqa.
More news on the latter development will follow shortly…