Raqqa – Three Kurdish fighters were killed on Thursday, when Islamic State (ISIS) militants raked their position with machine gun and mortar fire.
“Daesh terrorists attacked one of our security offices in Suwaydiya village, west of Raqqa,” the People’s Protection Units (YPG) said in a statement, using another acronym for ISIS.
The YPG confirmed that at least three of their soldiers had “lost their lives in the offensive.” The same attack injured at least five others.
The fallen soldiers were identified as Ferhad Haji (aka Brusk Kobani), Ahmed Hisen (aka Mazlum Kobani) and Bozan Mihemed (aka Zinar Kobani). All three were from Kobane, a Kurdish-majority city in northern Syria.
Habun Osman, a Kurdish officer, told ARA News that Thursday’s attack “was aimed at impeding the progress made by the US-backed forces towards Raqqa city.”
The Protection Units are the largest faction within the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) –an alliance incorporating Kurdish, Arab and Assyrian militias.
The SDF announced on Monday that it has captured 2480 km2 in western Raqqa Governorate as part of the second phase of the US-backed Euphrates Wrath Operation. The polyethnic alliance also confirmed that they had cleared 196 villages and dozens of farms.
During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in northern Raqqa. “Thus, since the beginning of the battle for Raqqa, 3200 square kilometers have been cleared, including 236 villages.”
The SDF launched the second phase of the Operation Euphrates Wrath with the objective of securing Raqqa’s western countryside and Tabqa Dam, which bridges the Euphrates River. The first phase of the operation focused on securing the banks of the Balikh River.
The long-term objective of Euphrates Wrath remains the elimination of the Islamic State in its de facto capital –Raqqa city.
Reporting by: Siber Haci | Source: ARA News
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