The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed up by the US-led coalition’s airpower, artillery and military advisers, have entered the ISIS stronghold of Tabqah.
The SDF took control of the Aeed Al-Saker neighborhood in the western part of Tabqah and the Al-Eskandaria neighborhoods in its eastern part. 16 ISIS fighters were reportedly killed.
This advance followed heavy shelling of ISIS positions in the city by the US-led collation’s fighter jets and artillery units.
Pro-SDF sources also reported that the US-backed forces carried out a series of operations against ISIS fighters inside the city last night.
Separately, the SDF captureed the Northern Msherfeh village in the northern countryside of Raqqah. 27 ISIS fighters were reportedly killed during this operation.
US-led collation warplanes have intensified airstrikes on ISIS positions in Raqqah and Tabqah since last night. According to the ISIS-linked Amaq news agency, the US-led collation bombed a market in Raqqah yesterday.
It’s expect that SDF will be able to capture the whole Tabqah city within few days as ISIS defenses are collapsing in the area. The number of ISIS fighters inside the city is way lower than it has been expected. The group suffers a lack of manpower in the area.
If Tabqah is captured, the SDF will likely continue its operations in the northern Raqqah in order to encircle the ISIS stronghold. The Tabqa dam will be another obvious target of the US-backed advance.