DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:20 P.M.) – After the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the far eastern Raqqa suburb of Al-Mashalab on Tuesday, Kurdish militias are now increasingly exposed to ISIS attacks in a dangerous suburban environment previously unknown to their forces whom have dashed through rural territory heavily aided by US airstrikes.
With ISIS luring the SDF into an attritional battle, the first car bomb obliterated SDF positions in the Al-Mashalab neighborhood on Thursday, targeting a building where Kurdish militants had setup camp according to jihadist drone surveillance:
The SDF death toll due to the SVBIED could not be determined by Al-Masdar News.
Meanwhile, the US Airforce pounded downtown Raqqa throughout the day, targeting suspected ISIS positions. Incendiary sorties are now also being put to devastating effect, resulting in dozens of both combatant and civilian casualties.