SDF Liberates Two Towns As March On Raqqa Continues
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated two more towns during the ongoing offensive to liberate Raqqa, killing 49 Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the process.
SDF fighters secured the towns of Hazima and Mazrat Tishreen, Hawar news agency reported on Saturday (April 22), killing 49 ISIS militants including an Emir.
The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS supported the SDF with airstrikes in both towns.
Clashes between the SDF and ISIS are ongoing in the town of Wadi al-Jalab.
Fierce clashes between ISIS militants and SDF fighters on Wednesday (April 19) resulted in the SDF also securing the villages of al-Hatash, Om al-Tenak, Bir Jarbe, and Jarwa.
The SDF announced on Thursday (April 13) the beginning of the fourth phase of the offensive to oust ISIS from the Syrian city of Raqqa and will concentrate on liberating northern Raqqa and Jalab Valley from the militant group.
The offensive is part of the SDF’s wider operation, which began on November 5 last year, to liberate ISIS’ de facto capital of Raqqa.
The SDF, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, and who have been successfully fighting the militants in northern Syria, has been steadily moving in on the jihadist group in Raqqa for the past six months.