DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:40 A.M.) – ISIS is fighting back in western Raqqa, inflicting heavy casualties on US allies amid an ongoing Kurdish siege on the city of Tabqa.
According to Amaq Agency, some 370 Kurdish militants of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been killed or wounded by clashes in and around Tabqa in the past month.
The Islamic State outlet also said 26 SDF vehicles had been immobilized thus far. Meanwhile, ISIS militants have carried out 10 suicide bombers and a total of 9 Inghimasi attacks (infiltration behind enemy lines) on the outskirts of Tabqa and at the adjacent dam.
Due to phase four of the Euphrates Wrath campaign, around 20% of Tabqa city is liberated as Kurdish-led forces have seized the Alexandria suburb and established a foothold in the Ayid Saxîr neighborhood, gradually pushing towards the city center.
Earlier today, the SDF also completed a pincer offensive in the northern countryside of Raqqa, encircling ten ISIS-held villages and hamlets in the region.
Meanwhile, over 10,000 civilians have escaped the clashes in Tabqa and arrived safely in Kurdish-held areas of Raqqa province. Humanitarian aid is also being distributed as we speak. A Kurdish source also informed Al-Masdar News that the SDF had freed 140 Ezidis, most of whom were women and children, during operations across Raqqa.