The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the US-led coalition’s military advisers, artillery units and warplanes, have been isolating the ISIS self-proclaimed capital of Raqqah.
SDF units have captured the villages of Thoul Nail, Hamrat Ghanam, Annadah and Tall Zaidan and advanced on the villages of Hamrat Buwaytiyah and Raqqah as Samra east of Raqqah. With this advance, the SDF is seeking to cut off a number of ISIS-held villages east of Raqqah from the ISIS-held city and then to gain control over them.
West of Raqqah, the US-backed force has advanced on the village of Mazraat al-Andalus engaging ISIS terrorists in a series of firefights. Some pro-SDF sorces report that the village has already been liberated, but no videos or photos from the area have been provided so far.
Summing up the recent developments, it becomes clear that the SDF is rapidly advancing in the Raqqah countryside facing a little resistance from ISIS. The terrorist group has set up its main defense lines near the city itself.