The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are just 5km from Syrian capital of the Islamic State terrorist group, the city of Raqqa.
A host of sites have been captured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which, finally, managed to approach to the city of Raqqa – currently, there are just 5km between the SDF and the Syrian capital of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
During its rapid offensive, the SDF, consisting mainly of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and some Arab fighters, recaptured Mahran, Jisr Shanina, Tall Mahlas, Shanina and the Shanina Grain silos from the IS.
Meanwhile, during intense clashes near Raqqa, a suicide bomber of the IS blew himself up in front of Kurdish fighters. A video of the incident was published online. There are no reports about any casualties.
ISIS suicidal terrorist detonated himself in front of Kurdish fighters during intense close combat with Kurdish forces near Raqqa! CRAZY pic.twitter.com/wocmYdzN7f
— Bassem (@BBassem7) February 10, 2017
On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that this week, the Syrian Army liberated a road, connecting al-Bab and Raqqa, from IS terrorists. The supply route of terrorists was cut off, when Syrian troops approached the town of Tadef, located to the south of Raqqa. This advance should help ease a battle of the Syrian Army for Tadef, as well as help the Turkish-backed forces, which are currently attacking the western perimeter of al-Bab city.
The IS managed to take control of Raqqa on January 13, 2014, after the terrorist group recaptured the city from other jihadist formations, including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as the al-Nusra Front). After this, terrorists cleared the city from Christian and Alawite minorities.