DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:50 P.M.) – On Sunday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured two more villages east of Raqqa after a systematic ‘Euphrates Wrath’ push through weak points in the Islamic State line of defense.

Securing isolated areas some 12 kilometers east of Raqqa city, the Kurdish-led SDF were able to impose full control over the villages of Hamrat Nasir and Raqqat Samrah Tahtaniyah. In a addition, YPG units captured the adjacent hill called Tall Aswad.

The advance has also notably put the ISIS-held village of Hamrat Balasim, located on the northern bank of the Euphrates River, under siege. Clashes are also ongoing at Nasir Kasabas village.

On the western axis, the SDF also liberated the villages of Tall Mallah and Salhabiyat Al-Sharqiyah some 15 kilometers from the provincial capital.

Although sandstorms have slightly delayed the pace of the Euphrates Wrath offensive, at least 13 ISIS members were killed over the past 24 hours on the Raqqa frontier.

On the eastern axis alone, some 75 kilometers of the Euphrates River is under Kurdish control. Meanwhile, along the vast Lake Assad, some 165 kilometers of the river is also secured by the SDF.

Meanwhile, Kurdish sappers are working overtime to clear ISIS booby traps and mines while SDF fighters are heavily occupied with evacuating tens of thousands of refugees.

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