US-backed Kurdish troops made considerable headway in northern Raqqa on Friday as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – led by the Kurdish ‘People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) – continued their large-scale offensive in northern Raqqa, code-named operation ‘Euphrates Wrath, by capturing an additional two sites from the Islamic State.

Following up on a series of advances over the past week, Kurdish forces were able to seize full control over the village of Thuloth Khneiz and the adjacent hill, Tall es-Seman.

At the latter site, female Kurdish fighters rather symbolically pulled down a large Islamic State flag and replaced it with the SDF flag:

However, the SDF ran into trouble as its fighters tried to attack at a different axis; southwest of Ain Issa, 11 Kurdish militants were killed in a minefield near al-Farhud village.

In any case, Kurdish troops have now advanced to just 25 kilometers north of Raqqa city, but also rather significantly secured the northern bank of the al-Rey channel, thus allowing for new supplies and reinforcements to arrive unscathed from Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan).

Before embarking on the military campaign, Kurdish forward units were 37 kilometers north of Raqqa, the de facto Islamic State capital.

In total, 209 SDF fighters have died during ‘Euphrates Wrath’ which began two weeks ago. Nevertheless, the entire predominately Kurdish fighting force is estimated at 30,000.

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Effectively, ISIS forces are outnumbered about 5 to 1 while the self-proclaimed caliphate simultaneously finds itself desperately attempting to turn the tides in the battle for Mosul across the border in Iraq.

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Well Diana. There are 4,380 million hits on the name of Rojava at Google and for now it exist for som kurds – its Govern as it. Should they call for Assad or call back ISIS. Syrian Kurdistan givs 481.000 hits. Do it then exist. Well in dreams it does. And whats kurds diveded by – A Railway. A konstantinopel- Bagdad railway. Might be unrealistic to make a country of it, but there are a Iraqian Kurdistan in the Iraqian constitution since 2004. So whats Your plan for them – THEM !!! ??? Why should they be in countries, which… Read more »

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According to how Erdogan is going bonkers, soon up or later, he’ll make the mistake too much anyway… Instead of saying there is no Kurdistan, Diana will ask “where is Turkey?” and some may answer “we ate it for Thanksgiving”.

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Some interesting things from French DRM (Direction du Renseignement Militaire, equiv. to GRU or DIA) : Islamic State defensive lines (red) around Ar-Raqqah : Areas of intercepted Islamic State communication in Ar-Raqqah The more it’s red, the more it is concentrated and of interest : The location the IS prison (stadium) and civilian locations, such as mosques, hospitals, and schools, in the area Gosh, they also modelised the whole town in 3D, you can see it in their war-room from 5:55 in the video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjASi4IVAAI Sorry, too long, I won’t translate. An interesting comment from a pilot about the… Read more »

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Stern Daler

Nice find. Merci bien.

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Diana

Dear Chris Tomson,
There is no place in Syria called Rojava, nor is there a Syrian Kurdistan.

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There is now…

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Dear Diana, that Rojana is no internationally recognized state does not mean it does not exist. It currently has the relevant institutions that a country or part of a federation needs.

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Does the north belong to the Syrian government? Do they have a hope of reclaiming that territory? Nope! They struggle with what they have, let alone wishing for more.