As of Sunday around noon, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly captured their first six villages from ISIS in the northern Raqqa countryside.

Advancing from the large town town of Ain Issa, the US-backed SDF seized the villages of Wahid, Umm Safa, Wasita, Haran, al-Adriyah and Jurah.

A spokesman of the SDF said their forces had already advanced 11 kilometers in the first day of a newly announced military campaign intended to expel the Islamic State from its very own caliphate capital, ar-Raqqah.

Meanwhile, ISIS claimed through Amaq Agency to have killed and wounded 35 SDF fighters during a hit-and-run operation on the villages of Kardoshan, Danli, Qadiriyyah, Shamsud-Din, Huwayjah, and Huraytiyyah east of the Faruq Dam.

At least 4 US airstrikes were conducted in support of the SDF on Saturday.

Upwards of 30.000 SDF fighters – predominately from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) – will participate in the campaign to liberate Raqqa. Many have returned to the Raqqa countryside after capturing Manbij, a former ISIS stronghold in Aleppo, in late August.

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2016-11-06 13:23

Where is the Syrian flag ?
Oh yes, SDF are Kurds.
Let’s call SDF KAF (Kurdish american forces).

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2016-11-07 07:43

the nature of the kurds is very very volatile as they seem to take sides with everybody

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2016-11-06 19:15

Dead to kurdish traitors!. USA started their troubles and they fight for them???????
Idiots! Turkey should kill off all kurds!