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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:26) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces continued the third phase of the Raqqa operation on Friday capturing four large villages along the northern bank of the Euphrates: Muqlah Kabirah, Khass Hibal, Khass Dakur, and Khas ‘Ujayl.

The aforementioned villages are located some 50 km east of Raqqa which is ISIS’s largest remaining administrative stronghold in both Iraq and Syria following the loss of 80% of Mosul in Iraq’s Nineveh province. The latest advances has the Kurdish-dominated coalition in control of a 40 km strip of land along the Euphrates valley tampering the Islamic State’s main supply lines between the two provinces.

This swift progress can be attributed to the US Coalition’s non-stop bombing of terrorist logistics, mobilization points, and bridges along the fertile Euphrates valley in addition to the intense hatred of the terror group by the local populace the Ma’adi administration of Deir Ezzor where native Arab tribes have mutinied against the extremists a number of times.

Notably, the third phase of the Raqqa operation aims to isolate Raqqa completely from the rest of the areas under ISIS control in eastern Syria and Iraq. So far, the operation has been a success but there is a long way to go if Raqqa is to be successfully besieged. The SDF will have to cross the Euphrates and capture at least 150 km of territory along the valley to carry out this feat.

Since the terrorist organization projects dominance over the Syrian desert, Raqqa’s encapsulation remains distant, that is, unless the Syrian Armed Forces develop a successful assault east of the Khanasser-Ithriya road and along the Maskanah plains on Raqqa’s western outskirts. Syrian forces have been relentlessly bombarding that region for two days now as a preliminary to the anticipated infantry attack.

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Impressive advance.

p.s. For cutting Raqqa from supplies someone must block the roads on the right bank of the river valley.

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Very good. I hope they soon will have some artilley in stead of the many airstrikes. Its smaller and more accurate grenades and can be there 24 hours.

It would be nice with some small asvance from west unless its heavy fortified.

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You should update you knowledge about air strikes’ accuracy : MBDA rocks! A SCALP can be shot from 300km and enter your window. Have you seen the car with 3 jihadist brothers that got blown recently? This was MBDA Vyper Strike guided glidin bomb : just 1kg explosive, it entered the roof of the moving car and blew inside, it was created espcially to avoid collateral damages and to allow CAS (close air support) from high altitude (egg-heads in the US want to kill A-10 to fund useless assets like F-35 and last version of AC-130 is also too expensive… Read more »

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The Kurds and ISIS are on the same side – the Anglo-Zionist side that wants to dismember Syria and break the land bridge between Iran and Syria/Lebanon. The US aids whichever side is more useful at the time. Before ISIS was on the ropes, arms drops supposedly for the Kurds ended up in ISIS territory. Now ISIS is on the way out, the US is bombing ISIS.

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“The Kurds and ISIS are on the same side” => You seem to misunderstand Kurds for Turks… And Kurds receive MUCH less support from US than from the EU, it’s just that when US military crush a fly, they brag about it as if they bare-hand killed a T-rex… Have you seen IS with Milan missiles? Giat 20mm auto-cannon (this one is REALLY devastating!)? G-36 riffles? Nope? You may see IS using TOW missiles they got from ‘moderate’ rebels which themselves had these from the Saudis who bought a 15000 stockpile in 2014, You’ve never seen YPG with TOWs! What… Read more »