On Tuesday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officially announced a start of the operation to retake the city of Raqqa from ISIS terrorists.

“We urge Raqqa people to avoid ISIS positions,” RUDAW quoted SDF Spokesman, Talal Silo, as saying. “Thousands of Syrian people have been rescued from ISIS. All the preparations to launch the offensive have been finished.”

According to the statement, the SDF will advance from the northern, western and eastern directions. Thus, the souhern route remains open for ISIS terrorists that want to leave the city.

“After a long struggle, our forces and the forces carrying out a joint struggle against terrorists have marked in history their legends of heroism. From the historical resistance of Kobanê to the liberation of Girê Spî, Hol and Shaddadi, to the villages of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa, and to the dams in these regions, many historic steps have been taken from the liberation of the people in these regions from the terrorists and the fulfillment of their vital needs within existing resources,” another Kurdish media outlet, ANHA, quoted the SDF spokesman.

It’s interesting to note that the statement delcares the city of Deir Ezzor among the SDF military goals in Syria.

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