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DECEMBER 2020

ISIS Launches Counter-Attack In Raqqa City, Recaptures Key Positions

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ISIS Launches Counter-Attack In Raqqa City, Recaptures Key Positions

FILE IMAGE: AFP 2017/ DELIL SOULEIMAN

On Thursday, ISIS fighters launched a counter-attack in Raqqa city and recaptured the blood bank building, al-Rasheed park, al-Rasheed high school and other positions around the national hospital in the center of the city, according to Syrian opposition sources.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS captured 2 fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in al-Nahdah district in the center of Raqqa city. Amaq also claimed that ISIS fighters destroyed a bulldozer and a Humvee vehicle of the SDF in al-Nahdah district on Wednesday.

From its side, the SDF announced that its fighters discovered a mortar factory of ISIS in al-Nahdah district during their advance.

ISIS Launches Counter-Attack In Raqqa City, Recaptures Key Positions

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ISIS Launches Counter-Attack In Raqqa City, Recaptures Key Positions

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ISIS Launches Counter-Attack In Raqqa City, Recaptures Key Positions

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Opposition sources claimed that the US-led coalition conducted over 90 airstrikes against ISIS in Raqqa city in the last 48 hours.

Meanwhile, in the southern al-Hasakah countryside, the SDF announced that it repelled an attack of ISIS on Juwayf village near Markada town. SDF fighters destroyed a VBIED of ISIS during the clashes.

The SDF also said that clashes are still on going in al-Kasrah town in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside, and around al-Suwar town in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside.

The SDF is now focusing on Deir Ezzor governorate more than Raqqa city. Previously, Kurdish sources confirmed that the SDF even redeployed many units from Raqqa city to Deir Ezzor governorate fronts against ISIS.

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