BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their large-scale offensive in the eastern countryside of Al-Raqqa Governorate on Tuesday, targeting the Islamic State’s defenses along the Raqqa-Deir Ezzor Highway.
Backed by U.S. Coalition airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces liberated the village of Khass Hibal and the nearby Al-Kulayb Grain Silos, leaving them within 43km of the provincial capital.
As a result of this advance, the Syrian Democratic Forces are now on the verge of cutting off the Islamic State from the Raqqa-Deir Ezzor Highway.
Perhaps one of the Islamic State’s most important supply routes, the Raqqa-Deir Ezzor Highway has been constantly used by the terrorist group to transport supplies and reinforcements from Iraq to Raqqa City.