Syrian Democratic Forces advance in Raqqa, hit ISIS defences

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG are seen near Tishreen Dam as they participate in the SDF-led operations against ISIS in northern Aleppo province. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday made new gains in the battle for Raqqa city after heavy clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants.

The US-backed forces seized more ground in Raqqa city after hitting ISIS’s defences.

“Today the SDF made progress in the neighbourhoods of al-Muazzafin, al-Hamra and Nazlat Shehada in the city of Raqqa, where clashes are still ongoing,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News.

“We hit the enemy’s defences in these key neighbourhoods,” the official said.

At least 14 ISIS militants were killed and three others were taken into captivity by the Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday.

“The SDF also seized weapons and ammunition from ISIS terrorists during the clashes,” the official told ARA News.

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.

Reporting by: Dilber Issa | Source: ARA News 

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