The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had another productive day in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside as their forces took control of three new villages following other significant gains on Thursday and Friday.

Effectively, the predominately Kurdish SDF imposed full control over Balash, Bir Adman, and Jarwan. These villages are located about 95 kilometers southwest of Hasakah city.

In support of the offensive, the U.S. Airforce conducted a total of 15 sorties across Islamic State territory in Syria on Saturday. Specially, airstrikes targeted Raqqa, Al-Bab, Deir Ezzor, Abu Kamal, and the aforementioned villages.

Meanwhile, the Euphrates Wrath offensive has seen Kurdish forces reach the outskirts of Raqqa after several facilities northeast of ISIS’ capital were captured earlier today.

According to one military source, SDF troops now overlook Division 17, a site adjacent to Raqqa which was captured by ISIS after a prolonged siege ultimately saw the Islamic State take control of the Syrian Army base in July 2014 and subsequently execute all captured soldiers.

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Stern Daler

Kurds would never get that far without their propellers. Irony. p.s. we all should be grateful (I am) for this US air support. Glad the US made up their mind to unconditionally support the boots fighting IS.

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Nestor Arapa

SDF no solo se enfrenta a ISIS también contra otros mercenarios apoyados por Turquía.

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Stern Daler

Yes but US are wary to support that.

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Nestor Arapa

SI SDF siguen avanzando, ISIS tendrá que centralizar sus hombres en las ciudades principales por tanto serán vulnerables las zonas rurales, indirectamente este acontecimiento ayudará también a tomar impulso al ejercito Sirio, por ejemplo en Palmyra.

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US will only attack ISIS if it has another puppet rebel group to take over. I fear this land will be guarded against Syrian government control.

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Stern Daler

Maybe that is their plan B. Independent West Kurdistan. But it is in the interest of the Kurds to stay under Syrian umbrella.

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Simon Gunson

US air strikes around Deir Ezzor?
Which side did they hit this time?

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Stern Daler

IS naturally. They only back-stab their allies afterwards.