DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:25 P.M.) – With the battle for Raqqa entering its 94th day, ISIS commanders opted for a localised counter-attack in a bid to turns the tides against the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF).
Following minor SDF gains yesterday, a group of ISIS insurgents tried to infiltrate the Emin neighborhood after being sent on what appeared to be a suicidal mission on Tuesday morning.
The jihadists were nevertheless detected by entrenched SDF fighters whom opened fire on the platoon, killing 11 ISIS members before the rest to withdrew in disarray.
Meanwhile, heavy clashes continue around the western suburbs and the perimeter of the city centre where the SDF has been trying to break through for over a week.
Skirmishes are especially heavy around the Tekene and Nehda neighborhoods, a source told Al-Masdar News this evening after the liberation of the Baghdad Gate the day before (photo evidence above).
Footage of newly captured spoils of war following a recent SDF advance:
So far, the SDF has killed some 1,200 ISIS militants since the battle began, taking out roughly half their initial manpower. Around 65% of the former ISIS capital is now under Kurdish control.
On the other hand, ISIS claims to have killed over 1,000 SDF fighters and released a 38-minute propaganda video earlier this week to back up the claim.