DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 P.M.) – In a last-ditch effort to stall the looming battle of Raqqa, ISIS militants launched a counter-attack on the Kurdish-held village of Maisalun some 10 kilometers north of Raqqa.
With 48 hours of clashes finally coming to end on Friday morning, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were able to repel the jihadist assault and retake lost positions inside the frontier village.
According to a local source, some 20 ISIS insurgent were killed in the Maisalun skirmishes while an three more ISIS members were burned alive after the SDF blew up a nearby ammunition warehouse. In addition, an ISIS fighter was taken captive and blindfolded:
Meanwhile, the SDF captured most of the Baath dam west of Raqqa amid dozens of US airstrikes on ISIS-held positions at the river facility. The advance concluded minutes ago, thus eliminating an ISIS pocket north of the Euphrates River.
Meanwhile, Kurdish forward units are merely three kilometers from Raqqa city’s gates and have fire control over its eastern neighborhood where an Islamic State flag is clearly visible.
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