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”.

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Peter Klein

Better close the turkish border first by taking the area around Manbij otherwhise the troops will retreat towards north aleppo and settle around the border there and still receive support from turkey.

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Perfect time to strike at Raqqa too. The majority of Daesh’s forces are concentrated on multiple other fronts. Raqqa is likely very lightly defended.

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Zuzana Rehakova

Dangerous to have US as the partner. It is not good.

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Marklon Muhammad

Unfortunately they will claim parts of Syria!

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Raqqa is not a traditional Kurdish land. One would think, they will be happy to exchange it for an independent state based on their traditional land where some 20 millions of them live – carved out of present Turkey …

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Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani

Why are they publicizing their strategy?