DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:20 P.M.) – Isolated ISIS militants at the Tabqa pocket are in serious trouble as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) cutoff jihadist-held areas at Tabqa damn with those at two northern suburbs.
With the Euphrates Wrath operations to liberate the Tabqa region entering day 48, the Kurdish-led SDF managed to impose full control over the Watani Hospital and Hay Awwal neighborhood.
Meanwhile, skirmishes continued at the Hay Tani and Salis suburbs along with the now disconnected Tabqa Dam. Amid the clashes, several ISIS militants were killed, one of which was retrieved by the Kurdish troops who confiscated his Kalashnikov and suicide belt.
According to a SDF-linked outlet, four ISIS fighters were killed including jihadist field commander Abu Mihammed Al-Qahtani while the SDF sustained three casualties of their own.
Amid the slow but steady advances, the SDF seized two 120 mm mortars and two machine guns from the beleaguered Islamic State insurgents.