Local Residents Fighting with ISIS Militants in Syria’s Raqqa: Report (file photo)
Local sources reported intensifying clashes between Raqqa citizens and ISIS terrorists.
According to the sources in the ISIS-controlled Northern Syrian city, the fierce clashes erupted as significantly growing numbers of ISIS members have been deserting the group in recent weeks.
One Local source in Raqqa confirmed that around 200 suspect members of ISIS defected only in the last two days.
Meantime, a group called "Faylak al-Sham" claimed that dozens of former ISIS militants joined the group in Northern Aleppo.
Recent unrelenting advances of the Syrian army and its popular allies against the militant groups in the Eastern part of Aleppo province and the Northeastern part of Hama province are seriously threatening the ISIS's self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, military sources said.
"Since October of 2015, the Syrian army has captured some 50 villages in Eastern Aleppo during an offensive which halted the ISIS-imposed siege on Kuweires Airbase," the sources said.
"Furthermore, government forces have advanced along the M45-highway (Hama to Raqqa) and reached the Western side of Raqqa province. Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken firm control of the Northern region of the Raqqa province," the sources added.