DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:20 P.M.) – On Friday evening, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) imposed full control over the Sabahiya district in west Raqqa after storming it hours earlier.

In addition, Kurdish units captured the adjacent village of Al Jazrah and its water treatment station, located on the northern bank of the Euphrates River.

Effectively, the SDF is now poised to storm Raqqa city from its western and eastern flanks after establishing a urban foothold on both sides.

However, the Euphrates Wrath offensive is led by elite YPG assault troops whom are Kurdish while the city of Raqqa itself is predominately Arab, causing many locals to take up arms with ISIS.

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Rodney Loder

First time that account of local Arabs fighting the cowardly SDF has been made, a wonderful development if substantiated, most pundits have been saying that the SDF is leaving the suothern falnk open so IS will head out towards Maskana and on to Deir al-Zour, so far no reports of that, that I’m aware of, Kurds have no business in Raqqah.

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There is video footage by the Russian Airforce of columns of ISIS terrorists leaving Raqqa with the Russian and Syrian forces pounding them. No fighting with ISIS by the so called SDF has been carried out. Only the US terror coalition bmbing and exterminating civilians with phosphor chemical bombs because as the late US security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski said: “It is much easier to kill one thousand people then try to convince them.”

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@ Deo Cass. The Arab cowars that take up arms for IS now must be killed. Including all their kin. They liked the spit of IS and took the IS handouts taken from non Sunni and non Arab. They are in fact IS. And now it is time for all IS to die. They deserve incendiary bombs – that saves non IS lives. The US controlled MSM only made fuss about these arms to pressure SAA. They are legal weapons against soldiers. BTW. The red phosphor going down is just camouflage against snipers. I blinds night vision devices. Maybe just… Read more »

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The native inhabitants of Raqqa are no cowards, only civilians trying to survive best they could under ISIS occupation. The civilians of Raqqa carried out two uprisings last year against ISIS in Raqqa but were crushed. Now as for ISIS, these are US proxies like the US created SDF and so called YPG. They are allied to ISIS. ISIS are just US/Saudi trained and sponsored mercenaries tasked with clearing the way for the US tyranny invasion and occupation of that land with the excuse of fighting them. ISIS have left Raqqa for almost a month now. The genocide against the… Read more »

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The Arab cowards who took up arms for IS now must be killed. They licked the spit of IS and took the IS handouts taken from non Sunni and non Arab. They are IS. And now it is time for all IS to die. They even deserve incendiary bombs – that saves non IS lives. They are legal weapons against soldiers and civilan war criminals.

p.s. All mankind has business in Raqqah – death to all civilian and military supporters of IS.

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ISIS are not Syrian. They are foreign mercenary teror predominanly from Iraq’s MKO whom the US removed from the terrorist list together with special forces from the US, UK, Saudi, Tunisians and almost from all of Europe and the US. Nobody supports them in Raqqa. If you support murdering innocent civilians then you deserv to rot in jail because it is people like you who brought to power Adolf Hitler and their nemesis of the Zio-Nazi regime occupying Palestinian land and committing holocaust against the Palestinian civilian population. I ask al-Masdar management to identify this monster and report him to… Read more »

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Wow, AMN is now infested by al-Qaeda’s activists! It’s clear that Qatar and Turkey are trying to convince Russia to back their cockroaches. It is high time to create the EU-army and invite Russia in the EU if they want to or at least, build a serious alliance. There is no better way to : 1. Protect our interests which are definitively common! 2. Assume great neighbourhood relations and much easier to enforce security job for both entities as all competitors in geopolitics have to deal with a super-power. 3. We are a team in what the roaches call the… Read more »

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I object to your heading: “Kurdish forces liberate second neighborhood.” The heading should read instead: “The US Kurdish proxies invade and occupy second neighorhood in Raqqa after it was handed to them by their ISIS allies.”