DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:10 P.M.) – On Thusday, ISIS forces were forced to withdraw from a number of areas north of Raqqa after a swift pincer manuever conducted by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) threatened to cutoff an Islamic State salient.

With the stage five of the Euphrates Wrath offensive in full effect, Kurdish forward units managed to wrestle control over the villages of Tall Hazimah, Mazraat al-Hukumia, Kabash Gharbi Saghir, Ruwayyan and Al-Hukumia.

Effectively, ISIS commanders ordered a tactical withdrawal from some 20 nearby villages, leaving only volounteer suicide bombers and wounded fighters to defend the exposed area, indirectly signing their death warrant and likely conceeding the pocket to the SDF in the near future.

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As this development is set to take place, seasoned jihadist fighters are assembling a horizontal defensive line on an axis some 10 kilometers north of the self-proclaimed Islamic State capital in a last-ditch effort to avert the looming battle for Raqqa.

Pictures of today’s SDF operations in rural Raqqa:

Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News

Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
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  1. Chris, please could anyone at Al Masadr write an article on the nature of relations between SDF and Syrian Government with respect to how Syria will regain control of territory under Kurdish control and especially with American presence?

  2. there’s a stunning report of british historian trevor-roper about the last days at the reichskanzlei in the battle of berlin – highly recommended,, shows the loathsome weakness of those who had made all europe tremble.

  3. Dear People of the word…..
    Do you know the truth about….. Islam?
    Or do you think it’s about
    Bombing planes and killing innocent people…..?
    Forget about the lies…..
    I’ am here to tell you how it really is…..
    You deserve to know the truth
    About this beautiful way of life…..
    People of the world
    Islam is all about peace
    Terrorism it doesn’t teach
    Its all about love and family and charity
    And praying to one God
    This is Islam
    It’s something you should know…..
    I know it’s really helped me grow
    It does away with greed, filth, arrogance
    And teaches us morality
    A perfect way to live…..
    So don’t believe all you see and hear
    Too many people wear a title of a Muslim…..
    But they don’t practice Islam…..
    People of the world
    Islam is all about peace
    Terrorism it doesn’t teach
    Its all about love and family and charity
    And praying to one God
    This is Islam
    And it teaches us the creator’s made this life for us a test…..
    And if we follow truth and do good deeds, He’ll reward us in the Next…..
    If we remember God & teach each other the truth and patience in His way
    Together we can live…..in peace…..
    This is Islam
    Lyrics by Yusuf Islam
    Please Google peace tv and visit the FAQ section for answers to the questions you may have about Islam.

    • Let me tell You what we people of the word know about IS’ war and death cult. The IS are not innocent. The IS are not victims. They all knew what IS did and did not go away. Now that fire falls from the sky they complain. But they did not complain when Yazidis, Christians and other sons of God were persecuted. They did not complain but cheered when SAA soldiers were murdered.

      This IS cult has shown that their Islam is against God and his prophets when they persecuted Yazidis, Shiites… and pressed jizyah from the peoples of the book. Because His prophet Jesus said: what You do to my least brothers You do to me. God created all men after His own image. So we are all His children and His prophets’ brothers and must behave in this way. And the IS did also blow up His image and what He has given to them in suicide blasts. So IS slandered His Image. Is cannot be the children of God or our brothers. They are not in the Dar as-Salam.

      None that stayed behind to give a helping hand to IS deserves that a coalition fighter risks his live to save them. They all have served the devil. They all are in the house of war now. The baker that baked the bread, the barber that cut their hair and the car mechanic… including their families. They were the caliphate. They were soldiers of the caliphate just like the ones that bore arms.

    • It is believed that that with in the 1300 hundred years since the day of Muhammad 250 million christians were murdered by muslim imperial/caliphate fanatic armies. Peace-loving.. ?? Ya right…