DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:10 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) intensified their Euphrates Wrath operations in northern Syria following the capture of Al-Mashalab, the first neighborhood in Raqqa city to come under Kurdish control.
Advancing on the western flank of Raqqa, the SDF were able to impose full control of Harqalah just one kilometer from the city itself, thus securing a vital springboard village for the coming siege.
In the Tabqa region, the SDF – assisted by Manbij Military Council (MMC) – struck westwards and captured the village of Abu Asi on the southern bank of the Euphrates River.
The latter advance puts Kurdish militants just 19 kilometers from linking up with the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) contingents which expelled ISIS from the Maskanah Plains in recent weeks.
ISIS still controls a small stretch of territory along the M4 highway between positions held by SDF and SAA. However, jihadists are expected to retreat from this bulge and their final positions in Aleppo province within a fortnight.