According to the head of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Saleh Muslim, Kurdish militants loyal to the SDF are now mobilizing for an offensive which ultimately looks to capture the city of ar-Raqqah from the Islamic State (ISIS).
In the statement, which was released to the media in Paris yesterday (Thursday), the PYD leader said his forces were currently attempting to take control of a 70-kilometer corridor in and around Raqqah. He added that the “Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are preparing with the [US] coalition to liberate Raqqa”.
However, Saleh Muslim said that his Kurdish fighters “would need the support of up to 50,000 Arab residents based in the Raqqa region” if these troops were to succeed in capturing the ISIS capital of Raqqa.
Furthermore, Muslim noted that the ISIS fighters who had fled Palmyra when the Syrian government troops captured the city last week are now heading towards northern Syria.
Therefore, he stressed that “the corridor between Turkey and Raqqa must be closed, with the help of [US] coalition air support”.