The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will allow ISIS fighters to withdraw from Raqqa city under a newly reached agreement between the two sides, the pro-opposition Syrian blog “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” reported on September 21.
According to the report, the SDF will allow the remaining 200 ISIS fighters inside Raqqa city to withdraw towards Deir Ezzor governorate. The sources added that other 30 ISIS fighters have chosen to defect to SDF instead of withdrawing.
These claims are not confirmed yet, however the SDF and ISIS made similar deals in al-Tabqah town and Manbij city where the SDF allowed hundreds of ISIS fighters to withdraw towards Homs governorate mainly.
In a related development, on September 22, the SDF captured al-Firdous district in the center of Raqqa city, according to Kurdish sources. 17 ISIS fighters were killed and 4 armed vehicles of ISIS were destroyed in the clashes in the western part and the center of Raqqa city, according to the SDF.
Meanwhile, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, claimed that 5 SDF fighters were killed by ISIS in al-Firdous district. Amaq also released a video of the clashes in the district between SDF and ISIS fighters on September 22.
Syrian opposition sources claimed that US-led coalition warplanes carried out more than 61 airstrikes on Raqqa city in the last 24 hours. “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently claims that more than 600 civilians were killed in Raqqa city by the SDF and the US-led coalition so far.