Kurdish-led SDF Continues to Advance against ISIL in Raqqa Province

Kurdish-led SDF Continues to Advance against ISIL in Raqqa Province

   (FNA)- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued the third phase of their Euphrates Rage Operation and advanced against ISIL from two different flanks near Raqqa city.

The SDF forces stormed ISIL’s positions massively, advancing some 11km deep into ISIL-held territories towards Raqqa.

The forces of the Euphrates Rage Operation engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in the village of Khaniz affiliated to the town of Solouk and also engaged in heavy fighting with the ISIL in the village of Beirebha in the strategic region of Makman.

The Kurdish fighters pushed ISIL back as far as 10km in the village of Khaniz and won control over the road to the village of Khalteh.

They seized control over the village of Bier Sa’adan and three farms in the region.

In the second flank, the SDF could advance against ISIL around 11 kilometers and seized two more villages.

Over 10 ISIL members were killed and one of their military vehicles was destroyed in the attacks.

SDF military sources disclosed on Friday that the Kurdish fighters managed to drive ISIL out of 133 villages in the second phase of the Euphrates Rage Operation in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria.

The sources said that at least 536 ISIL members were killed and 133 villages were captured by the SDF since the launch of the second phase of the battle for Raqqa last month.

 “Since December 10, 2016, our forces have been able to kill 536 ISIL fighters, taking 12 militants as captives and taking control of 133 villages in Western Raqqa,” the SDF added.

The SDF alliance, which includes Kurdish, Arab and Christian factions, announced that it has so far captured 2,144 km² in Western Raqqa within the second

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