DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:30 P.M.) – Kurdish fighters are slowly winning the upper hand in the battle for Raqqa although militants loyal to the Islamic State are putting up determined resistance, signified by three suicide bombings on Tuesday alone.

Nevertheless, the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) have secured some 35% of the Islamic State’s capital after unleashing overwhelming firepower against jihadist belligerents.

Three brand new videos have emerged of the SDF’s stage five of Euphrates Wrath offensive, most of which can be traced to Raqqa’s Old City neighborhood:


Both sides have lost hundreds of fighters thus far during the battle for Raqqa as clashes have intensified over the past few weeks with the SDF moving into several densely populated residential neighborhoods.

Click here for the latest field report from the Raqqa frontier or here for a full interactive battle map from Syria.

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