Syrian Democratic Forces make new gains in anti-ISIS campaign, capture another district in Raqqa city

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Members of the SDF check a building formerly held by ISIS in northern Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday expelled Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants from another district in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa city.

The SDF confirmed the liberation of the al-Qadisiya district after heavy clashes with ISIS jihadists.

“Today our forces made a remarkable progress in the fight against ISIS terrorists in Raqqa, liberating al-Qadisiya in the western side of the city,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

It took the US-backed SDF troops three days of heavy fighting with ISIS militants before they were able to capture al-Qadisiya.

Al-Qadisiya is the sixth district of Raqqa to be liberated by the SDF in two weeks of operations against ISIS jihadists.

Last week, the Syrian Democratic Forces captured al-Baitara district in Raqqa city after clashes with ISIS. The US-backed SDF troops earlier captured the districts of al-Mishlab, al-Sabahiya, al-Romaniya, and Sinaa in Raqqa.

This comes after the SDF launched a major operation to liberate the city of Raqqa from ISIS radicals.

Raqqa has been known as a de facto capital for the ISIS self-proclaimed Caliphate since the summer of 2014.

On June 6, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced the official start of the battle for Raqqa city.

Isolating ISIS Capital 

The Kurdish-Arab-Christian alliance of SDF has been isolating Raqqa since November 2016, when the US-backed alliance launched the so-called Euphrates Wrath Operation.

On 13 April, the Syrian Democratic Forces launched the fourth phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation against Islamic State’s extremists to clear out the northern countryside of Raqqa.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, 2016, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in Northern Raqqa.

On 10 December, 2016, the SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath, during which it captured over 2500 km² in Western Raqqa.

On 4 February, 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces launched the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation, and liberated dozens of villages in Eastern Raqqa from ISIS jihadists.

The campaign is ultimately aimed at liberating the city of Raqqa from ISIS extremists.

Source: ARA News 

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