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SYRIAN ARMY CAPTURES OVER 20 VILLAGES FROM DAESH IN RAQQA

The Syrian army captured over 20 villages and towns, in the countryside of the northern province of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Daesh group.

In a statement, the general command of the Syrian army said, government forces and allied troops captured over 20 villages and towns and the key city of Rasafeh, in the southern countryside of Raqqa.

This comes a day after the U.S.-led coalition brought down a Syrian war plane striking Daesh positions in Raqqa.

The incident sparked tension between the U.S. and Russia, as the U.S. said, the downed Syrian jet was striking near the positions of U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

In a statement, the SDF said, the Syrian army has been targeting Daesh positions in Raqqa, since Jun 17.

However, the Syrian army said, it was striking Daesh positions over Rasafeh, accusing the U.S. of attempting to thwart the government forces' progress in the city.

The SDF is fighting to capture Raqqa from Daesh, while the Syrian government forces were advancing in the western and southern countryside of Raqqa, to secure areas in the southern countryside of Aleppo province, and to open a road to extend the operation to the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

Following the war plane incident, Russia suspended the safe flight agreement with the U.S., which has repeatedly struck Syrian government forces advancing against Daesh in the Syrian desert, recently.

Such incidents imply that defeating Daesh in its strongholds, could be the beginning of a new conflict in Syria, between Russia-backed and U.S.-supported forces

Source: NAM News Network