VIDEO: Kurdish SDF Fighters Start Second Phase of Raqqa Operation against ISIS

Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:33:02

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday announced the beginning of the second phase of Euphrates Wrath Operation to combat ISIS militants in their de facto capital Raqqa.

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Cihan Shekh Ehmed, spokesperson of the SDF-led Euphrates Wrath Operation, told a press conference: “The Syrian Democratic Forces decided to launch the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation. This stage is aimed at liberating the western countryside of Raqqa from ISIS, besides completing the isolation of Raqqa City.”

“The operation will continue until all goals are accomplished,” she said.

According to the SDF spokeswoman, more than 1500 Arab fighters have joined the Kurdish-led SDF in the fight for Raqqa.

“We also announce that the Euphrates Wrath Operation has been expanding with new factions joining the SDF ranks to eliminate ISIS in Raqqa,” Cihan said. “More than 1500 Arab fighters have joined the Syrian Democratic Forces in battle for Raqqa.”

Four weeks ago, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation. The operation’s long-term objective is the isolation and elimination of ISIS in Raqqa.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, SDF soldiers captured an area measuring approximately 560 km2, containing dozens of towns, villages and farms. Military sources told ARA News that more than 185 ISIS militants have been killed since November 6.

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