Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters embed with US troops have been continuing the operation against ISIS terrorist group north of Raqqa. They anti-ISIS forces seized 3 villages without facing a significant resistance from ISIS.
The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the US-led coalition’s air power and special forces units, launched a military operation to liberate the ISIS-controlled city of Raqa on November 6. The first stage of the operation is aimed to isolate the ISIS-controlled city.The Kurdish YPG participates in the operation under the SDF brand. Turkey and Turkish-backed forces are not involved in the operation.
Even pro-US sources recognize that the Kurdish YPG is the main striking force of the SDF. However, they aruge that a 15,000-strong Liwa Thuwar Raqqa force consisting of mainly Arabs will joint the battle when “it’s needed”. Now, Liwa Thuwar Raqqa battlations are allegedly passing a training in the US military camps at the Syrian-Turkish border. These claims cannot be verified and look as a PR move to hide the leading role of Kurdish forces in the operation.
More photos of US troops involved in the operation: