Kurdish SDF Fighters Kill at least 167 ISIS Militants during Raqqa Operation in Syria

Kurdish SDF Fighters Kill at least 167 ISIS Militants during Raqqa Operation in Syria
Tue Nov 15, 2016 14:52:53

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued Tuesday its military campaign ‘Euphrates Wrath Operation’ against ISIS militants in Syria’s Raqqa, and reported new gains.

The Kurdish-led SDF announced the death of at least 167 ISIS militants so far in the campaign that started last week.

“Our forces have liberated dozens of villages and farms in northern Raqqa, in an area measuring approximately 550 square kilometers during the first phase of the operation,” the SDF said in a statement.

“Also, dead bodies of 167 ISIS terrorists have been found subsequent to clashes, and four terrorists were taken captive by our forces,” the SDF leadership reported on Monday.

Military sources told ARA News that the Syrian Democratic Forces have also captured seven strategic hills in the northern suburb of Raqqa after heavy fighting with ISIS.

“Since the start of the battle for Raqqa, the SDF has destroyed 14 ISIS military vehicles, 8 Doshka machine guns and 4 ISIS artilleries, beside dismantling 240 improvised explosive devices,” the SDF leadership said. “Our forces also seized a large deal of ammunition during the clashes.”

At least four SDF fighters have lost their lives since the start of the operation last week.

“ISIS is unable to resist for long. Raqqa operation is going well, and our forces are determined to eliminate this terrorist organization,” Rashid Fouad, the SDF fighter told ARA News at the battlefront.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation on 6 November. The operation’s long-term objective is the isolation and elimination of ISIS terror group in Raqqa.

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