Syrian Democratic Forces Announced Start Of Fourth Phase Of Raqqa Operation

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Syrian Democratic Forces Announced Start Of Fourth Phase Of Raqqa Operation

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the start of the fourth phase of its operation to capture Raqqah city.

The fourth phase main goal is to capture the northern countryside of Raqqah, Wadi Jalab and to encircle the ISIS-held city. The SDF confirmed that the operation will be supported by the US-coalition and called civilians in the villages north of Raqqah to cooperate with them.

The US-led coalition and SDF also reported a friendly fire accident that took place on April 11 when the US Air Force’s fighter jet hit a group of SDF fighters south to Tabqah killing 18 of them. The two sides allegedly launched a “joint investigation” to avoid similar incidents in the future.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported that four SDF members (Amaq call them PKK) were killed after entering a minefield during an attempt to advance southeast of the Tabqa airbase. The agency also claimed that 24 SDF fighters were killed as a result of a SVBIED (Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device) attack in Ahmed Khalaf village west of Tabqah.

Pro-opposition sources speculate that the SDF would encircle Raqqah before capturing the city of Tabqah . This is maybe confirmed today as SDF avoided mentioning Tabqah in its announcement about the fourth phase of its operation in the area.

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  • Dejan

    SAA shoud start Itryah offensive but they have too much other important fronts

    • Bill Wilson

      We’ll see what happens after the US debriefs their ISIS spy and analyzes the intel they found in the car that also held 4 other ISIS commanders. What they discover will be passed on to Damascus. I have a sneaking suspicion that the ISIS units west of Palmyra are now basically trapped with one or two long avenues of escape thru the Syrian Desert. If they try going west to Lebanon then the SAA will need to bolster their defenses where ISIS will have the shortest route to travel.

    • Dustil schmit

      They prefer E qamoluan right now.

  • Bill Wilson

    The SDF should be able to make rapid progress since ISIS has been sending fighters from Raqqa down to Mayadin for quite some time.