DAMASCUS, - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rebels, continued to advance against the Daesh group in Syria's northern city of al-Raqqa, the de facto capital of Daesh, a monitor group reported.
Intense battles continued to rage between the SDF and the Daesh, in the northern countryside of al-Raqqa, a day after the Kurdish-led group declared a wide-scale offensive to "liberate" al-Raqqa from the terrorists, according to the Syria Observatory for Human Rights.
The UK-based watchdog group said, the SDF has controlled over 10 villages and farmlands, the most important of which is the town of Lakta, which the observatory said has a strategic importance.
The initial aim of the SDF battle, dubbed the "Wrath of Euphrates," is to isolate the city of al-Raqqa from its northern countryside, as a prelude to dislodge the militants form the city.
The two-day battles have also witnessed air strikes from the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition on the Daesh positions in al-Raqqa, according to the observatory.
It said 30,000 fighters with the SDF were taking part in the battle to liberate al-Raqqa.
The Syrian government has not yet commented on the war on al-Raqqa by the U.S.-backed SDF, but analysts here played down the SDF war on the Daesh, as a "media campaign."
Hamdi Abdullah, a Syrian political analyst, said, the number of the SDF fighters that was announced is "exaggerated," adding that, the SDF alone cannot take down the Daesh group in al-Raqqa.
He said, the campaign aims to polish the United States' image, ahead of the presidential elections in Washington, casting doubts on the real intentions of Washington, regarding the fight against Daesh in Syria.
Source: Nam News Network