Kurdish-led SDF forces seize Raqqa train station amidst ISIS decline
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Monday seized control of a train station in southeastern Raqqa city, military sources reported.
The progress followed heavy clashes between the US-backed SDF troops and Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants.
Dozens of ISIS militants were killed or injured in the clashes on Monday, according to officials.
The station, located in the Qasta al-Sukun district, was used by ISIS as a military base.
“Liberating the train station was another victory for our forces against this radical group,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.
Also on Monday, the SDF alliance drove ISIS out of the Jarqa town–20km east of Raqqa.
In early March, the SDF troops seized control of a main road that was used by Islamic State’s jihadists as a supply line between the cities of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa–the group’s de facto capital in Syria.
This comes as part of the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation, aimed at liberating Eastern Raqqa from ISIS jihadists, launched by the SDF on 4 February.
During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, 2016, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in Northern Raqqa.
On 10 December, the SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath, during which it captured over 2500 km² in Western Raqqa.
The campaign is ultimately aimed at isolating the ISIS radical group in its de facto capital.