On Wednesday morning, the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) captured another five villages in the eastern Raqqa countryside, thus completing a pincer manuever which Al-Masdar News recently predicted was underway.

By capturing the villages of Abū Hayyah, As-Shamiyah, Cerwan, Hemîdî and Qarih earlier today, the US-backed SDF have met up with allied Kurdish forces advancing through northern Deir Ezzor, thus fully encircling a large sparsely populated ISIS pocket around the villages of Mushayrifah Sharqiyah, Al-Qarah, and Bir Abu Tutah.

Over 100 hundred ISIS militants are effectively cutoff from the Islamic State mainland due to the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath offensive.

Meanwhile, SDF troops have also reached the northern bank of the Euphrates River where they find themselves busy fortifying newly captured towns. The latter advance is significant as it has severed the main ISIS supply road between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

Many civilians were joyful after being freed from several years of ISIS rule. In the newly liberated villages, women could be seen throwing off their burka:

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Cutting the supply road connecting Raqqa and Deir Ezzor is great news.

p.s. The road on the other side of Euphrates River would be nice next.

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Over 100 hundred ISIS militants are effectively cutoff from the Islamic State mainland

So they need at least 100 meat sack :mrgreen: The flies will enjoy 🙂
ISIS, enjoy the next burn party 🙂

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Sin duda los Kurdos son los mejores luchadores, demuestran heroísmo en cada batalla, pero me indigna que no participe en las negociaciones de paz a pedido de Erdogan, considero que en la última negociación salió ganado Erdogan ahora quiere sumarse el gobierno de Qatar, ambos gobiernos son responsables de permitir el financiamiento y armar mercenarios en territorio Sirio.

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Why are the Kurds so d**n effective at fighting ISIS? I’m no big fan of them at all but the amount of land they take from ISIS is the same amount the SAA takes in a month. In a month the SAA only advanced a few tens of Kilometers in Aleppo province while the SDF/Kurds advanced hundreds of Kilometers in the same time frame. The SAA needs to learn a thing or two or Russia needs to kick up the close air support to better effectiveness.