Coalition Launches 46 Air Raids near Isis-Held Raqqa

Coalition Launches 46 Air Raids near Isis-Held Raqqa

 Coalition Forces backing the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria conducted 46 airstrikes against the militants near the ISIS-held city of Raqqa.

The Coalition released a on Wednesday (August 30) saying the airstrikes destroyed 66 fighting positions, five vehicles, three anti-air systems, three communications lines and two command and control nodes of the militants.

The air raids came as clashes continue between the SDF fighters and ISIS militants in three neighborhoods in the city of Raqqa.

According to Hawar News Agency, fierce clashes took place in the neighborhoods of al-Diriya and al-Barid west of Raqqa as well as in Raqqa’s Old City.

The head of SDF Press Media, Mustafa Bali, said previously the SDF has secured 70 percent of the city, including 15 neighborhoods.

The SDF, an alliance dominated by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes and Special Forces, have been fighting since June to clear ISIS from Raqqa city, its de facto Syrian capital. A separate campaign drove the group from its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul earlier this year.

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 from leaving the area, prolonging the effort to flush the jihadists out.