DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:30 P.M.) – Predominately Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue their military operations near Tabqa city in southwestern Raqqa countryside striking positions of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) to the east of the city.

The assault they launched on Tuesday morning proved successful as SDF units backed by U.S. military captured 3 villages 20 kilometres east of Tabqa, namely: Hawra, Baroudah and Matyourah.

According to SDF sources, no at least 25 IS jihadists have been liquidated as a result of the attack.

In the meantime, SDF troops made further advances south of Tabqa airbase today capturing Ajrawi village and Issa Mahmoud Farm.

Kurdish forces intensified their activity at Tabqa frontlines on Sunday having captured six villages and a number of important sites from IS in a major push to the east and southeast of Tabqa.

The main strategic goal of these operations seems to be clear: to prevent Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from reaching Raqqa city. However, there is also a tactical reason for such a manoeuvre.

With SAA’s elite Tiger Forces division methodically driving IS out of Maskanah Plains, hundreds of jihadists are more and more likely to retreat from their sole remaining Aleppo stronghold. It is logical that IS leadership will likely try to reinforce Raqqa defenses with the fighters withdrawing from Maskanah.

Tactically, SDF has been so far doing everything to prevent this, as several hundred additional militants in Raqqa are going to be a major complication for the upcoming assault on the city.

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Night Hunter
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2017-05-30 21:18

I thought sdf was friendly with saa!!
There is always Afrin to negotiate with.
If they are purely buffering the inflood of maskaneh militant than its all ok.
Saa doesn’t want to get involve in ragha, after all Kurds need a capital.
Once allepo supply line is restored, they will widen the offensive south and eastward for dierzour.

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2017-05-31 02:35
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They are US puppets. Now they stab the SAA in the back as they did before. They should be considered enemy until they learn to be decent.

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2017-05-30 23:14

John McCain has just spit the truth about the true intentions of the US Raqqah operation. It is to “take Raqqah from Bashar al-Assad and the Russians.” He also said that the greatest threat is Russia not ISIS which John McCain had a photo session with back in 2013. Therefore the US proxies are heading south to block the Syrian army from reclaiming its sovereign territory. Let’s not forget that the Syrian and Russian Air force have already made a big favor to the US proxy army conveniently called SDF by destroying a long column of ISIS terrorists heading for… Read more »

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2017-05-30 23:20

My opinion is to call the Iraqis to the rescue. The anti-ISIS Iraqi militia have already volunteered to intervene in Syria if they have the authorization by the Syrian government to do so. So let it be. Pinzer action, from Iraq straight to Raqqah and Deir Ezzur from the south while the SAA advances from the North.