Raqqa – At least five Kurdish fighters were killed in renewed clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants north of Raqqa city, in northeastern Syria, military sources reported on Tuesday.
The Kurdish YPG leadership confirmed in a statement the death of five of their fighters in the northern suburb of Raqqa–the de facto capital of the ISIS’ self-proclaimed Caliphate.
“Three fighters from the People’s protection Units (YPG) and two female fighters from the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) lost their lives while fighting ISIS terrorists in the battle for Raqqa,” the Kurdish leadership said in a statement to ARA News.
Roughly three weeks ago, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation, with support from the US-led coalition. The operation’s long-term objective is the isolation and elimination of the Islamic State in Raqqa.
During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, SDF soldiers captured an area measuring approximately 560 km2, containing dozens of towns, villages and farms. Military sources told ARA News that more than 185 ISIS jihadists have been killed since November 6.
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), Syriac Military Council, Raqqa Revolutionaries Battalion and Tel Abyad Revolutionary Brigade are participating in Euphrates Wrath. In addition to these local fighters, foreign soldiers from a half-dozen nations are participating, either as YPG volunteers or under the auspices of the US-led coalition.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh and Enwer Omar | Source: ARA News