Aleppo – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday captured a number of ISIS militants after clashes in western Raqqa Governorate, military sources and activists reported.
At least four Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadist fighters were taken captive by the SDF in the western suburb of Raqqa.
“They were captured in the evening on Tuesday while trying to infiltrate into the recently liberated Jaabar town to carry out suicide bombings,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News.
In the meantime, at least 18 ISIS fighters were killed in renewed clashes with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in western Raqqa.
This comes amid an ongoing military campaign by the SDF, backed by an air cover from the US-led coalition, as part of the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation for Raqqa. The SDF has so far captured over 1400 km² in western Raqqa within the second phase of the operation, that started on December 10. During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, that was launched on November 6, the SDF captured roughly 560 km² of land in northern Raqqa.
The SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation with the objective of securing Raqqa’s western countryside and Tabqa Dam, which bridges the Euphrates River. The long-term objective of Euphrates Wrath is the elimination of the Islamic State in its de facto capital, Raqqa city.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh | Source: ARA News