DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 P.M.) – This weekend, the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) advanced considerably along the southern bank of the Euphrates River, thereby wrestling control over three villages on the M4-highway leading to Deir Ezzor.
According to an Al-Masdar News partner website with credible Kurdish sources, the SDF imposed full control over the villages of Hussainiya, Kasrat Mohamed Ali and Ratlah along with Ittihad University.
Meanwhile, the US-backed SDF captured the Al-Hal market and pushed into the Rawdah and Old City neighborhoods of Raqqa city, thus closing in on the impregnable city centre from its eastern flank.
SDF commanders also transferred considerable numbers of Kurdish militants from the neighboring governorates of Aleppo and Hasakah to join the battle for Raqqa. With all on one table for the US allies, these reinforcements will serve to help the Kurds expel ISIS from the 70% of the city which remains under jihadist control.