DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:30 A.M.) – On Thursday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of the village of Kasrat Affan in the southeastern countryside of Raqqa, thus stopping any attempts by ISIS to break the ongoing siege of the provincial capital.
With ISIS resistance gradually increasing in residential areas of Raqqa, Kurdish gains have stalled for the time being, resulting in zero gains inside the city itself over the past 48 hours.
Nevertheless, US Army Colonel Ryan Dillon said the SDF had secured seven square kilometers of territory surrounding the ISIS capital over the past week alone.
With the SDF’s Euphrates Wrath offensive temporarily stalled, the US Air Force conducted 13 sorties over Raqqa city yesterday. Notably, the brief battle hiatus will allow Kurdish forces to bring in more supplies, ammunition and armored vehicles for the final push while jihadist belligerents are slowly starved into submission.
Upwards of 2,500 ISIS insurgents remain bogged down inside Raqqa city, holding onto roughly 80% of the former Islamic State capital.