BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:01 A.M.) – On Monday the Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advanced in the west of Raqqa city and captured a total of 3 villages from the forces of the Islamic State (ISIS). With a consecutive row of news gains, the SDF is closing in on the gates of Raqqa city and setting the ground to finally captured the city north of the Euphrates river now almost entirely encircled.
The villages captured by the SDF are Deir Al-Hashem, Al-Sakkourah and Al-Adnaniyah, located in the north-western periphery of Raqqa city. With this latest advance, SDF forces are now effectively 3 km away from Raqqa’s northern and western outskirts as well as 1 km away from its eastern boundary.
The territorial control around Raqqa city in addition with the latest US arms deliveries to Kurdish groups within the SDF indicate, that the preparations for the battle for Raqqa city are in their last stages and the operation to fully capture the Islamic State’s Syrian capital may soon be launched.