The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have faced some problems with breaking the ISIS defense in the city of Raqqah.
According to pro-SDF sources, the US-backed group made some gains in the distrcits of al-Muazzafin, al-Hamra and Nazlat Shehada and killed 14 ISIS members. However, clashes are still ongoing in these areas and the districts have not been captured.
Considering the course of the SDF advance, the US-led force is not going to liberate the city in the nearest future.
At the same time, the Syrian military command used the SDF problems in Raqqah in order to launch a large-scale campaign against ISIS terrorists south of the Euphrates River. Government forces have captured a number of areas and now are taking control over important roads in the area.
The government advance cut off the possible SDF push towards Deir Ezzor through this area and contrubuted to future operations aimed at lifting the ISIS siege from the government-held city.