Syrian Democratic Forces capture three villages north Raqqa, tighten siege on ISIS capital

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SDF fighters entering liberated areas north of Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Monday captured three villages in the northern countryside of Raqqa province, in northeastern Syria, after clashes with ISIS militants.

The US-backed SDF troops took control of the villages of Hawi Hawa, Yaroubiya and Abu Sus.

“Our forces were able to liberate these villages in northern Raqqa after clashes with Daesh terrorists,” a SDF spokesman told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.

At least 36 ISIS militants were killed in the clashes, and 20 more were taken prisoners.

“The rest of the militants withdrew towards Raqqa city under heavy blows by the SDF forces,” the official said.

The SDF fighters have tightened their siege on Raqqa city, the de facto capital of ISIS, amid preparations to storm the city in a major military operation support by the US-led coalition.

Dilber Issa | Source: ARA News | Source: ARA News

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