On Saturday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) besieged a group of ISIS fighters in the headquarters of the 17th Division Base north of Raqqa city, according to Kurdish sources.
The SDF also advanced towards al-Malab al-Asuad area in the center of the city. The SDF killed and injured dozens of ISIS fighters during its advance, according to Kurdish sources.
Meanwhile, the ISIS-linked Amaq agency claimed that ISIS fighters killed 7 SDF fighters and destroyed a bulldozer, Humvee and a vehicle of the SDF with ATGMs in the 17th Division Base.
Amaq also announced that ISIS fighters killed and injured a group of SDF fighters in the “youth housing complex” in Raqqa after targeting them with an ATGM.
Syrian opposition sources revealed that ISIS is still in control of the following areas in the central, northern and western parts of Raqqa:
- Al-Qitar street;
- Al-Kahraba Street;
- Al-Jamili district;
- Al-Bado district;
- Al-Tawasuiah district;
- Al-Na’aim roundabout.
Thus, the battle for Raqqa might not end in September as many Kurdish sources predicted. Even if the Raqqa city is captured before the end of September, the SDF will spend at least a week in search operations against ISIS fighters who hide or try to flee.
The same approach could be observed after the liberation of Mosul city.