On September 28, pro-Kurdish sources confirmed that Raqqa Samra village east of Raqqa city is still under the ISIS full control. The Sources added that ISIS is holding dozens of civilians inside the village as hostages.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that it successfully besieged ISIS inside Raqqa Samra village. The SDF will launch a rapid operation within hours to recapture the village and rescue the civilians, according to Kurdish sources.
Meanwhile, in Raqqa city, the SDF announced that its fighters killed 15 ISIS fighters during clashes in the center of Raqqa city on September 28. The SDF is also still slowly advancing towards the Al-Baida garden in the center of Raqqa city.
Coalition forces help the SDF repel Daesh attack in central Raqqa. (My footage on the ground) pic.twitter.com/oSLnvpnoi5
— Güney YILDIZ (@guneyyildiz) 28 September 2017
The slow advance of the SDF in Raqqa city suggests that ISIS had successfully reorganized its units in the city after the major SDF advance last week.
In a related development, clashes are still ongoing in al-Suwar town in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside between the SDF and ISIS. The SDF claimed that its fighters killed two suicide bomber of ISIS before they reached their targets.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters attacked two positions of the SDF at the al-Suwar-al-Salihiyah road on September 28.
According to Amaq ISIS fighters destroyed the two positions, killed 4 SDF fighters and damaged a vehicle of the SDF.
The Al-Suwar battle can be considered the first challenge the SDF faced during its operation in Deir Ezzor governorate so far. Before reaching al-Suwar, the SDF was able to capture a large area in Deir Ezzor without any real problems. ISIS was likely withdrawing to build up a better defense lines south of the Khabur river.