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US-backed SDF Says It Will Need 4 More Months To Capture Raqqa

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US-backed SDF Says It Will Need 4 More Months To Capture Raqqa

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On Thursday, сommander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Hafal Jabbar, said that SDF need 4 more months to capture Raqqa city.

Hafal also said that the SDF is now besieging ISIS fighters in the center of Raqqa city. He also confirmed that the SDF now controls 50% of Raqqa and is advancing towards Mansour and Rashid districts in the city.

From its side, the US-led coalition said that its warplanes targeted ISIS positions in Raqqa city with 33 airstrikes in the past 24 hours.

US-led coalition warplanes also targeted Al-Salam Hospital on August 8, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Opposition sources claimed that Dr. Qais Farid al-Sayed Ahmad al-Haj was killed as a result of a US airstrike on Raqqa city yesterday.

US-backed SDF Says It Will Need 4 More Months To Capture Raqqa

ISIS claimed that its snipers killed 4 SDF fighters at Saif al-Dawla Street and west Train Street in Raqqa on Thursday. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq also released a statement arguing that 45 SDF members were killed or injured in a SVBIED blast and the followed ISIS attack in the Great Mosque area.

In turn, The SDF revealed that 8 of its fighters were killed during the recent clashes in Raqqa city.

US-backed SDF Says It Will Need 4 More Months To Capture Raqqa

The SDF continues to evacuate civilians from Raqqa city according to pro-kurdish sources, where it’s believed that tens of thousands of civilians are still trapped inside the city so far.

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