DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:20 P.M.) – A string of new advances were secured on Saturday by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which intensified its counter-insurgency operations in the northern city of Raqqa.
Despite the presence of some 2,500 jihadist militants in the provincial capital, the SDF took control over Sina’ah and the cemetery area on the northeastern perimeter of the city.
Meanwhile, an Islamic State suicide bomber blasted the newly liberated Division 17 Army Base, resulting in heavy clashes at the facility which nevertheless remained in Kurdish hands on Saturday evening despite the ISIS counter-attack.
However, the largest SDF gains today were achieved on the northwestern axis where the SDF entered their third neighborhood, namely the Romaniah suburb. In addition, Kurdish assault troops captured the nearby Equestrian City and the Electrical substation.
Heavy clashes continue across Raqqa city as we speak with US warplanes showing no mercy to the Islamic State nor civilians living under its control as white phosphorous airstrikes are being conducted in mass.
In related news, the US-backed SDF downed an armed ISIS drone which has been used to deadly effect in the not so distant past: