The Euphrates Wrath offensive is in full throttle after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured two more villages in eastern Raqqa on Sunday evening.
Effectively, the predominately Kurdish forces have seized 7 villages near the Islamic State capital over the past 24 hours alone.
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After coming under heavy fire from SDF forward units and supportive US-led coalition airstrikes, ISIS fighters fully withdrew from Nawfal (Nofal) and Aziz without putting up much resistance; these small villages are located roughly 70 kilometers east of Raqqa city.
Meanwhile, fresh clashes erupted at Sabah Al-Khair and Al-Furat between the warring parties while ISIS reinforcements from Raqqa city retook most of the Cotton Center.
Al-Masdar News was not able to obtain information regarding casualties on either side due to a lack of reliable sources in the region.
The US-backed Euphrates Wrath offensive is led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) but also contains several Arab contingents.