BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – As the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continues offensive operations throughout Raqqa city’s western neighborhoods, it has since encounter a major ISIS strong-point in the form of the National Hospital. Here a battle has now raged for several days.
Yesterday, footage was released on pro-SDF social media showing Kurdish forward units laying down a torrent of fire on ISIS terrorists inside Raqqa’s National Hospital.
In addition to employing a range of automatic weapons, from assault rifles to heavy machine guns, SDF troops also use a guided missile to knock out an Islamic State balcony position.
Despite some reports on social media that Kurdish-led forces captured the National Hospital earlier today, more reliable SDF-linked sources have not yet confirmed the claim, suggesting that the site remains contested.
Since launching its operation to capture Raqqa from ISIS just over 13 weeks ago, the SDF, backed up by Coalition airpower, has so far managed to wrest control of about two-thirds of the strategic city.