DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:05 A.M.) – Following new gains, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced to within a few kilometers of Raqqa city, bringing four new villages under their control over the past 24 hours.

With the fourth phase of operation Euphrates Wrath in full force, the SDF took control of Tal Maaz, Melali, Al-Atshana and Abu Khabret al-Rachid in a rural region northwest of Raqqa.

Similar to Mosul, Islamic State forces have turned to suicide bombers to fend off attacks from hostile belligerents. A SDF-linked outlet said “tens” of ISIS militants were killed but did not specify the jihadist death toll during the Kurdish advance.

Due to recent advances, Kurdish forces are little more than 4 kilometers from Raqqa city. Some 4,000 jihadist militants are estimated to be inside the provincial capital.

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