After capturing dozens of villages in eastern Raqqa over the past week, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) followed up on Tuesday by seizing another 8 villages from collapsing Islamic State forces.

Effectively, the predominately Kurdish SDF were able to impose full control over Budayan, Naflah, Mukhkhah, Bir Qurat, Tal Sha’er, Mastur, Kuwaytar, Qaryat Sukkar and an important pibeline facility in the region.

These villages are located on the provincial border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor; due to the unprecedented advances that occured on two flanks this morning, ISIS fighters in the villages of Al-Qarah and Bir Abu Tutah may soon face encirclement.

The SDF offensive is heavily supported by US-led coalition airstrikes and represents phase III of the Euphrates Wrath campaign that ultimately looks to expel the Islamic State from Raqqa city itself.

More gains are underway as we speak while ISIS militants appear to be completely retreating from the region without offering much resistance.

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Stern Daler

Taking pipeline facilities sound good & cuts IS revenues. Even Jihadist must be fed. Post-mortem virgins replace no food.

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Nestor Arapa

Parece que su estrategia de ISIS es fortalecer sus defensas en las ciudades principales como lo está haciendo en norte con los mercenarios Turcos, pero estrategia de SDF es cortar suministros a ISIS.

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goingbrokes

A “blitz offensive” always indicates the side that is getting the best intel about their enemy forces. That usually means satellite intel. ISUS is being cut off from good intel, that much is clear.