US-Backed Advance On Raqqah. What Is Going On?
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stormed ISIL’s defense lines North of the city of Raqqa and won control over more villages only seven kilometers away from ISIL’s self-proclaimed capital.
The SDF purged ISIL terrorists from the villages of Dokhan, Beir Saeed, Moshrefeh (Beir Fezeh, Abu Natali, al-Hadi and Sanineh in the Northeastern countryside of Raqqa.
The Kurdish fighters then engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and seized control over the village of Ma’eizileh located in the 20km North of Raqqa city.
The SDF also drove ISIL out of the villages of Mleihan and Badra’iyeh in the Northern countryside of Raqqa city and deployed in lands only seven kilometers to the city.
The Kurdish fighters also pushed ISIL back form the regions of Jisr Shanin and al-Aqtan.
Kurdish media reports said ISIL started retreat after suffering casualties and loss of military grid in the attacks.
In relevant developments in the province on Wednesday, the SDF engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL in the third phase of their Euphrates Rage Operation in Raqqa province, deploying forces only 11km far away Raqqa city.
The SDF continued their advances against ISIL in Khaniz front and managed to take control of two strategic hills 11km far from the Raqqa city.
The Kurdish fighters also hit ISIL’s positions hard in al-Makman front and seized control over the village of Abu Souseh.
The SDF further laid siege on ISIL in the village of Malayhan 22 km Northeast of Raqqa city.
In the meantime, the Kurdish fighters repelled ISIL’s attacks on the town of Sweidiyeh al-Kabireh and the villages of Hamarin and al-Wadyan Northeast of al-Tabaqa dam.
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