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Kurdish-Led Forces Gain Control of Train Station in Eastern Raqqa

19 March 2017 8:33

 

The predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and managed to take control of several regions East of the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa.

The SDF forces seized control of Abu Khashab train station in the Northern parts of al-Karameh town in Eastern Raqqa after heavy clashes with the terrorists.

Prior to this victory, the Kurdish forces had taken control of al-Karameh and the strategic region of wheat silos in Eastern Raqqa from the ISIL.

Local sources said the ISIL has declared a curfew in Raqqa city after the recent defeats from the SDF.

Media sources reported on Friday that the ISIL terrorist group has started fortifying its defense lines around the Syrian city of Raqqa amid rapid advances of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the province.

The Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted witnesses and informed sources as saying that the ISIL terrorists started to construct more positions around Raqqa city, including anti-tank trenches, while its engineering units launched mining underground tunnels.

The terrorists have also forced residents of local villages into the city in order to use them as a “human shield,” the newspaper said.

Local sources in Northeastern Syria said on Wednesday that 75 percent of ISIL members left Raqqa city for Deir Ezzur province, adding that the terrorist group was digging more trenches around the city to slow down the anti-ISIL front’s rapid advances.

The source said in spite of digging more trenches and building more bunkers in the Eastern, Northern and Western outskirts of Raqqa, the entire commanders and a large part of ISIL terrorists left the city, adding that the remaining pockets of the terrorists were residents of Raqqa and Aleppo provinces.

They added that the ISIL pardoned all the people whose documents had been seized by the terrorist group for actions harmful to the ISIL or violating its rules.

The sources went on to say that the ISIL built a long moat along the al-Qatar street in the Northern part of Raqqa city.

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