DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A.M.) – On Friday, the Islamic State unleashed hundreds of fighters upon a Kurdish-held neighborhood in eastern Raqqa, forcing US allies to pull back from the district entirely.
After being under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for several weeks, ISIS insurgents fully retook the Al-Sinaa neighborhood and its industrial zone after deploying suicide bombers for the surprise counter-attack.
Amid the rare ISIS advance, a Georgian jihadist fighter was killed by the SDF. He was identified by Amaq Agency as Abu Muhammad al-Pankisi:
On the other hand, the SDF captured around 20 buildings in the western Raqqa neighborhood of al-Diriyah. A school was also captured by a YPG contingent:
With darkness settling over the provincial capital of Raqqa, sporadic clashes continued to take place while US warplanes could be heard flying sorties over the city.
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