The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed that they have liberated 75% of the Abbasi wall that surrounds the strategic Old Raqqa area in the Syrian city of Raqqa. The SDF allegedly killed 36 ISIS fighters and destroyed a VBIED, and two ISIS vehicles during its advance.
SDF progressing inside ISIS held neighbourhoods in westenside of Raqqa. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/2bNCN8cJZ2
— Carl (@carlste_) 6 July 2017
In the southeastern Raqqa countryside, the SDF has captured the village of Qusra Mohammed Agha on the west bank of the Euphrates River. It continued advancing in the direction of the Raqqa-Deir Ezzor road in what appears to be an attempt to prevent the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from reaching the road and a breach of the previous SDF pledge to stay on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
From its side, ISIS claimed that 3 SDF fighters were killed and 7 others were wounded in the Al-Qadisiya Roundabout, the Al-Barazi Roundabout and the youth housing in Raqqa city.
According to opposition sources, US-led coalition warplanes carried out more than 9 airstrikes so far, which led to the death of a family of five.
Moreover, a video showing the US Stryker APC inside Raqqa City has been published, confirming that the US Special Forces are directly involved in the battle of Raqqa supporting the SDF.
US Stryker & Humvees arrive to Raqqa city as reinforcements alongside SDF reinforcements. pic.twitter.com/Kr8dh1IIPH
— Afarin Mamosta (@AfarinMamosta) 7 July 2017