Syrian Democratic Forces capture strategic town near Raqqa, dismantle ISIS explosives

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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Raqqa – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured an important town in Raqqa Governorate on Saturday. Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists have withdrawn southward, in the direction of Raqqa city.

The SDF General Command confirmed that they had secured Tel al-Samn. According to Kurdish staff officers, their soldiers are now only 26 km away from Raqqa city – the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria.

“Tel al-Samn was liberated after our forces pounded ISIS positions there with heavy artillery,” said SDF officer Habun Osman, at the front.

At least 13 ISIS militants were killed and five ISIS vehicles were destroyed. The SDF’s own casualties were comparatively light. According to military sources, three soldiers were killed and several others were injured.

Osman told ARA News that the jihadists were “forced to withdraw after suffering heavy losses.”

The SDF has no intention of resting on its laurels. They are demining the town so that it can be used as a way station on the road to Raqqa city. “SDF engineering teams have started dismantling landmines and explosives left behind by ISIS,” Osman told ARA News.

Roughly two weeks ago, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation, with support from the US-led coalition. The operation’s long-term objective is the isolation and elimination of the Islamic State in Raqqa.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, SDF soldiers captured an area measuring approximately 560 km2, containing dozens of towns, villages and farms. Military sources told ARA News that more than 185 ISIS jihadists have been killed since November 6.

Reporting by: Partizan Ahmed | Source: ARA News

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