On Friday evening, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured two villages far east of Raqqa after coalition airstrikes prompted ISIS to withdraw south towards Deir Ezzor.

Advancing from the nearby Makman junction town, the predominately Kurdish SDF quickly took control over Siadun (Sayyad) and Hasan Zayd (Hassan Zaid). These villages are located roughly 85 kilometers north of the embattled city of Deir Ezzor.

Meanwhile, ISIS seized a US-manufactured RQ-20 Puma drone near Raqqa city. Remarkably, this specific surveillance aircraft is worth an astonishing 250,000 dollars.

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Nevertheless, Kurdish forces are no less than 6 kilometers northeast of Raqqa city due to an ongoing offensive which ultimately looks to liberate the Islamic State capital of Raqqa.

Meanwhile, 165 able-bodied men signed up to join the SDF on Thursday to participate in its Euphrates Wrath campaign – most of the rercuits were from newly captured areas in rural Raqqa.

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