The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters entered Al-Nahda district in the north-western part of Raqqa city on Sunday. According to a Kurdish source, SDF fighters captured several positions in Al-Nahda district and managed to kill 3 ISIS fighters and captured 3 others during their advance.
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In Nazlat Shehada district in the southern part of the city, SDF fighters managed to reach the district’s school, killing 3 ISIS fighters and destroying a VBIED. The SDF also captured several buildings in Al-Rawda district in the northeastern part of Raqqa and killed 2 ISIS fighters and captured 2 others during its advance.
From its side, ISIS targeted a SDF position in Nazlat Shehada with a VBIED. ISIS claimed that 8 SDF fighters were killed in the attack.
ISIS also claimed that 6 SDF fighters were killed after its fighters targeted them with IEDs in Al-Romania district in the western part of the city.
According to opposition sources, US-led coalition warplanes carried out 76 airstrikes on Raqqa city over the past three days. The US-led coalition is pushed to provide a massive direct support to the SDF advance because the US-backed force doesn’t have sufficient numbers of tanks or armored vehicles.