Kurdish-led forces capture new district in Raqqa city, kill scores of ISIS militants

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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) engaged in clashes with ISIS militants in Manbij. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday captured a new district in the city of Raqqa after heavy clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadists, military sources reported.

Supported by the US-led coalition’s air cover, the SDF troops took control of the al-Baitara district in Raqqa.

“Subsequent to heavy clashes with ISIS terrorists, the SDF liberated the Baitara district on Sunday,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

“Dozens of ISIS militants were killed and injured in the clashes ,” the source said.

The Syrian Democratic Forces also destroyed two ISIS vehicles during the clashes in al-Baitara.

In the meantime, clashes continued between the SDF and ISIS in the neighbourhoods of Hatin and Qadisiya in western Raqqa.

Al-Baitara is the fifth district to be liberated since the launch of the battle for Raqqa 10 days ago, after the US-backed SDF troops captured the districts of al-Mishlab, al-Sabahiya, al-Romaniya, and Sinaa.

The SDF leadership on Saturday confirmed the death of 312 ISIS militants since the Raqqa city operation was launched on 6 June.

Reporting by: Dilber Issa | Source: ARA News

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