Ilham Ehmed, a co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, (a political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF]) has accused the Syrian Air Force of carrying out airstrikes on the US-backed forces in the countryside of Raqqah.
قوات النظام تقصف مواقع قوات سورية الديمقراطية في ريف الرقة بهدف عرقلة حملة تحرير الرقة.
— ILHAM EHMED (@ilham_ehmed) 7 June 2017
The accusation followed unconfirmed reports that SDF units were bombed near Tabqa and Raqqah cities in the province of Raqqah by unknown aircraft last night. So far reports have not been confirmed by photos or videos.
The SDF press center has also not released a statement on the allegations. Some experts believe that this may indicate a start of a large-scale US-backed media campaign aimed at preventing any kind of cooperation between the Syrian government and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which are a core of the SDF.
Meanwhile, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA reported that the Syrian Air Force carried out airstrikes on ISIS targets in the province of Raqqah.
“Air Force of the Army on Thursday destroyed positions and armored vehicles of ISIS terrorists in the villages of Deir Mleihan, Debsi Afnan and al-Qadisiya in the western countryside of Raqqa eastern province.
A military source told SANA that dozens of the terrorists were either killed or injured and their vehicles were destroyed in the Army’s strikes.
The source added that several vehicles of ISIS terrorists were also destroyed in the sorties of the army on ISIS positions to the east of Wahiba Kabira village in the eastern countryside of Aleppo near the administrative borders with Raqqa,” the article reads.