Syrian Democratic Forces expel ISIS from more than 50 villages and farms

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SDF fighters clearing a village in northern Raqqa after ISIS expulsion. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

Raqqa – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have pushed the Islamic State (ISIS) out of more than 50 villages and farms since the start of the battle for Raqqa, last Sunday. Military sources told ARA News on Friday that the SDF had also captured the town of al-Hurriya.

As a result of today’s advance, SDF soldiers are now in control of the roads between Suluk and Ain Issa. The pluralist coalition has collectively taken control of approximately 25 km² in Raqqa Governorate, driving ISIS jihadists back towards their de facto capital.

SDF officers reported that the first phase of the operation is nearly complete. However, their soldiers do not intend to rest on their laurels. They have already started to move into Haysha town – the next ISIS stronghold on the road to Raqqa city.

SDF Field Commander Egid Gabani told ARA News that their forces have secured dozens of villages in the governorate’s agrarian interior. “Our forces have advanced with a depth of 25 km into Raqqa, liberating most of the villages in the northern countryside. ISIS is only present in Haysha, which is besieged by our forces. As soon as the roads are cleared of explosives, we’ll storm the [local ISIS] headquarters there,” he said.

Ibrahim Mihemed, an SDF fighter, told ARA News that demining teams were already at work. “Our specialized teams are now dismantling explosives in the Hisha suburb in order to clear the roads for a further SDF advance,” he said.

On November 6, the SDF launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation. The campaign’s ultimate goal is the isolation and capture of Raqqa city.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units, Women’s Protection Units, Syriac Military Council, Raqqa Revolutionaries Battalion and Tel Abyad Revolutionary Brigade are participating in Euphrates Wrath. These ground forces are being bolstered by the US-led coalition, which is providing air support and advice from US military experts.

Reporting by: Heysem Haci and Enwer Omar | Source: ARA News 

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