On April 16, the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), supported by the US-led collation, recaptured the village of Kabash Ghribi from ISIS terrorists in the northern Raqqah countryside. Kabash Ghribi was the second village captured by SDF after the group had croossed the Al-Ray water channel.
Meanwhile, SDF fighters repelled an attack by ISIS in Tabqah. Two VBIEDs were destroyed and dozens of ISIS fighters were killed in the failed attack according to a SDF source. The US-led collation’s fighter jets and the US Marines’ artillery units continued to pound ISIS positions in Tabqah and in the Raqqah countryside.
According to an opposition source, SDF fighters are moving large numbers of fighters and military equipment to their new positions in the Al-Eskandaria neighborhood in western Tabqah. It’s expected that SDF will continue its operations in the city soon in order to eliminate ISIS fighters inside and take over the whole city. Earlier this week, SDF fighters entered the ISIS-held city of Tabqah.
In turn, ISIS released a statement that the group had killed many Kurdistan Workers’ Party fighters (this way ISIS describes Kurdish SDF members) after a VBIED targeted them around Tal Al-Saman in the northern Raqqah countryside.
ISIS also said that 2 PKK fighters were killled in an explosion caused by an IED planted by ISIS members. The IED hit an SDF vehicle south of Al-Shadade in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside.