The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has captured villages of Mushayrfah al-Shahnat and al-Ghassaniyah in the eastern countryside of Raqqa. Al-Ghashaniyah is located in 27 km from the city of Raqqa. The seizure of Al-Ghashaniyah has reduced the distance between Abu al-Khashab and Beer al-Haba’a to about 5 km.
This advance has been made after a successful airborne operation carried out by US Special Forces and special SDF units near the ISIS stronghold of Tabqa.
Op Euphrates Wrath spokesperson Jihan Sheikh Ahmad stated that this operation proved the large capabilities the SDF possessed and its increasingly-effective coordination with the anti-ISIS Coalition forces on the ground.
The SDF is expected to continue its swift advance in Raqqa and Tabqa’s countrysides. Though the city assault isn’t expected in the nearest future. The SDF suffers lack of man power and needs to regroup before starting of such a daunting task. The United States continues to transport military equipment and Kurdish fighters from its bases in Iraq to SDF areas in Syria.