Moments ago, an official of the ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) announced Kurdish forces had captured two crucial sites from ISIS in the northern parts of Raqqa province.
Thus on Friday evening, SDF fighters established full control over the village of Al-Kashish and the neighbouring town of Al-Hisbah. The latter site is highly crucial, as previously covered by Al-Masdar News, as it lies between two main roads leading southwards to the provincial capital of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed Islamic State capital.
Al-Hisbah also served as a local headquarters and command center for ISIS commanders.
Effectively, US-backed Kurdish forces have liberated over a dozen villages since launching operation ‘Euphrates Wrath’ less than a week ago. The SDF offensive – backed by US special forces and coalition airstrikes – hopes to seize the predominately Arab city of Raqqa and incorporate it in Rojava, a somewhat autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria.
Some 5,000 civilians are estimated to have been displaced due to the Raqqa offensive.
Kurdish frontline units are now stationed little more than 30 kilometers north of Raqqa city.