The Islamic State has called on more reinforcements to defend its de facto capital against a potential massive attack from the Kurdish fighters.
Local sources said that ISIS allowed a limited number of locals to be relocated in Al-Tabqa to the southwest. New sand berms and barriers were also set up in some key positions to the north of Al-Raqqa.
The sources reported that militants from the ISIS-held Deir ez-Zor and Al-Hasakah flocked to the city in the last 24 hours.
The Kurdish forces, known as YPG, backed by the US-led coalition airstrikes and fighters from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) managed yesterday Tuesday to take over Brigade 93 and Ayn Issa, nearly 50 km to the north of ISIS’ seat of power, before expelling ISIS from the border town of Tal Abyad.