DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:15 A.M.) – On Thursday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) cemented their siege of ISIS-held Raqqa after taking control of the last village on the southern Euphrates River bank of the city.
In an advance that seems to have sealed the fate of ISIS insurgents bogged down within their own capital, the US-backed SDF imposed full control over Al-Kamb after wrestling control of the neighboring villages of Sheikh al-Jimal and Kasrat Al-Faraj earlier this week.
Effectively, Kurdish troops have fully ringed Raqqa city, leaving them no escape route to the Islamic State mainland elsewhere in Syria and Iraq.
New pictures of SDF counter-insurgency operations in the provincial capital of Raqqa:
Meanwhile in Ayn Al-Arab (Kobane) on the border with Turkey, 216 Kurdish and Arab fighters joined the SDF on Thursday and will likely be deployed to Raqqa soon.
On the other hand, ISIS released a lengthy propaganda video covering events in Raqqa earlier this week while claiming to have retaken several residential areas on Thursday.