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.

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2016-11-21 02:40

Chris, there is no place named Rojava in Syria. Syria is home to many ethnic groups. Stop aiding in the pro-partition propaganda. “What is revealed by this is the long hidden relationship between the Kurds in Erbil and ISIS and how both have been controlled by Erdogan. When Russia showed the world satellite photos of 12,000 oil trucks entering Turkey from Iraq, what was not told is that those trucks, for the last 200 miles of their journey were guarded by Peshmerga forces. Most ISIS oil stolen from Iraq was taken from Kurdish controlled regions, not by ISIS at all,… Read more »