DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:40 P.M.) – Earlier today, Amaq Agency published a handful of pictures of what it claimed to be ISIS insurgents fighting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern Raqqa suburb of Al-Sinaa.

Using RPG’s, grenades and assault rifles, the jihadist militants fought the advancing SDF in street warfare during broad daylight, the images reveal:

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On the other hand, the SDF downed an ISIS surveillance drone (often used to direct suicide bombers) over the Al-Sinaa neighborhood while YPG assault units captured a large batch of weapons, including surprisingly many shotguns.

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Chris Tomson | AMN

With the city of Raqqa fully encircled, the predominately Kurdish SDF hopes to force the Islamic State into submission by systematically starving it out, demoralizing its population and wearing down jihadist stockpiles of armaments and ammunition.

The SDF currently controls most outer suburbs, composing roughly 20% of the city itself. Nevertheless, ISIS still controls the entire city centre and most residential areas.

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