Kurdish and Arab fighters advance 18 km towards Raqqa

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commanders attend a news conference in Ain Issa, Raqqa Governorate, Syria November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

RAQQA (ANF) – US-backed fighters have advanced 18 kilometers from the northwestern front and 16 kilometers from the northeastern front in the third stage of the Operation Wrath of Euphrates to liberate Raqqa launched yesterday morning.

The fighters partaking in the military campaign to liberate Raqqa from ISIS occupation took off in two groups yesterday, one from Xiniz village in Siluk town, and the other from Bîr Beha village in the strategic Mekmen region.

Following severe clashes, fighters have cleansed the Dûxan hamlet on the northwestern front where they have made an 18 km advance.

Fighters have also cleansed the villages of Abû Natalî and Had to the northeast of Raqqa of ISIS groups, and have advanced 16 kilometers here.