US-led coalition strikes ISIS headquarters in Raqqa

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US-led anti-ISIS airstrike. File photo

ARA News

Raqqa – Coalition warplanes launched several airstrikes on Thursday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIS) headquarters in Raqqa Governorate. The airstrikes were in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) Euphrates Wrath Operation.

The penultimate goal of Euphrates Wrath is the isolation of ISIS in Raqqa city, the extremist group’s de facto capital. The campaign began almost two weeks ago.

According to Abdulkarim al-Yousef, a local media activist, the US-led coalition struck ISIS security centers in Raqqa’s northern suburbs as well as military installations in the towns of Allou and Mashada. Both towns are located in Raqqa’s agrarian countryside.

“At least 13 ISIS militants were killed and several others were wounded in the coalition’s heavy airstrikes,” al-Yousef told ARA News.

While the coalition disrupted the Islamic State’s command and control centers, the SDF continued to advance on the ground. On Thursday, the SDF overran ISIS fighting positions near the town of Tel al-Samn.

The Syrian Democratic Forces captured dozens of villages and farms in northern Raqqa, in an area measuring approximately 550 km2, during the first phase of the Euphrates Wrath. Military sources told ARA News that at least 167 ISIS jihadists have been killed since November 6.

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

Reporting by: Jamil Mukarram | Source: ARA News

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