Kurdish-led forces liberate four villages from IS near Syria’s Raqqa

Photo: Hawar News Agency

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed to liberate from the Islamic State (IS) group four villages near the northern Syrian town of Raqqa, local media reported Thursday.

According to the Kurdish Firat news agency, four villages to the north of Raqqa were liberated on Wednesday night. The overall number of villages liberated from IS this week has now reached 12.

In November 2016, the SDF, which predominately consists of Kurdish fighters but also includes members of the Syrian Arab Coalition, launched an operation called the Wrath of Euphrates to seize control of Syria’s Raqqa, the de facto IS capital.

On 14 April, the SDF announced the start of the fourth stage of the campaign, this time aiming to clear the rural areas of Raqqa province of terrorists in preparation for the final liberation of the territory.