ISIS Claims 1040 SDF Members Killed In Raqqa Battle

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ISIS Claims 1040 SDF Members Killed In Raqqa Battle

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The ISIS-linked News Agency Amaq published an infographic showing alleged losses of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) during the Raqqa battle so far.

In the infographic, ISIS claimed that 1040 SDF fighters have been killed so far. ISIS also claimed that its fighters have carried out 54 attacks against SDF in the city, 36 of which were attacks with SVBIEDs. 4 of the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers with explosive belts.

ISIS Claims 1040 SDF Members Killed In Raqqa Battle

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Moreover, ISIS claimed that its fighters have damaged 6 SDF vehicles and destroyed 23 vehicles, including 3 BMP-1 armored vehicles. ISIS fighters have also downed a UAV over Raqqa.

The SDF has captured all southern districts of Raqqa city, according to pro-Kurdish sources. SDF troops, which advanced from the east side, met with those that advanced from the western side after capturing ISIS last position in Nazlat Shehadeh district. However, no official sources have confirmed this so far.

ISIS Claims 1040 SDF Members Killed In Raqqa Battle

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If the SDF control over the southern part of Raqqa city is confirmed, this would be a major achievement for the SDF, which are advancing slowly in because of a strong resistance of ISIS.

According to SDF spokesperson Jehan Sheikh Ahmed, ISIS fighters rely on “intensive mines planting in everywhere and in every centimeter” in Raqqa city.

SDF fighters are also being targeted by professional ISIS snipers and ISIS armed drones on a daily basis order to stop SDF advance according to Jihan Sheikh Ahmed.

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