DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – With the battle for Raqqa city unfolding before the world audience, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are simultaneously pushing eastwards along the M4-Highway to Deir Ezzor amid a bid to expel ISIS from the Euphrates River.
On Monday afternoon, SDF forward units imposed full control over Ukayrishah after clashes went on for some 48 hours with Islamic State insurgents defending the town. This in turn cements the siege of the provincial capital while seizing more turf in the Raqqa governorate.
The SDF-linked Manbij Military Council (MMC) was also involved in the aforementioned fighting. Footage from the newly captured from of Ukayrishah can be found below:
In the evening hours, the US-backed SDF also captured most of the Old City neighborhood in Raqqa, bringing some 35% of the Islamic State capital under Kurdish control.
ISIS recently released a propaganda video from Raqqa, depicting its side of events. Footage from Amaq Agency depicting the aftermath of US airstrikes was also released this weekend: