Heavy Clashes between SDF, Isis Continue In Raqqa
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) moved through the southern neighborhoods of Raqqa on Sunday (August 13) as they continue their assault on Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the area.
On Sunday, fighters said they had captured three streets in the Hisham bin Abdelmalik neighborhood in the early hours of the morning.
Advances in the multi-phased Raqqa offensive are proceeding cautiously however, officials say, as ISIS uses snipers, car bombs and booby traps. ISIS also forbids civilians to leave the area, prolonging the effort to flush the jihadists out.
“The clashes are still taking place, and we are facing little difficulty in advancing,” Fields Commander with the SDF, Sheyar Hasakeh, said.
Units of the SDF, an alliance dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), encircled ISIS militants in the southern districts of Raqqa, last Tuesday (August 8).
The SDF, along with U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and Special Forces, have been fighting since June to clear ISIS from Raqqa city, its de facto Syrian capital.