Syrian fighters cut main road to ISIS-held areas

2017-03-06 21:04
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Beirut - US-backed Syrian fighters on Monday cut the main road between the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, which is controlled by the Islamic State group, and the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, which is partially held by ISIS, as they press into the extremists' territory in Syria.

But despite the fresh blockade on the Raqqa-Deir el-Zour road, ISIS still controls large swaths of ground south of Raqqa and the extremists should be able to use smaller roads and paths through open desert to move between the cities.

Fighters from the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces have been on the offensive under the cover of US-led coalition airstrikes since November. Operation Euphrates Wrath aims to surround and capture Raqqa, the de facto capital of the ISIS self-declared caliphate.

Two main bridges

The SDF began the third phase of Euphrates Wrath last month with the aim of capturing villages and towns east of Raqqa.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said SDF fighters cut the road linking the two cities in the area of Jazra near Raqqa early on Monday. The group said it is now difficult for people to leave and enter Raqqa with the new territory captured east of the city and after last month's airstrikes by the coalition that destroyed two main bridges on the southern edge of Raqqa.

The blockade of the main road comes amid an ongoing SDF march toward Raqqa; its fighters are now stationed 8km north of the Euphrates River city and supported by both coalition airstrikes and a deployment of some 500 US special forces operators.

The Pentagon has said its soldiers are working in a purely advisory capacity.There are Turkish forces stationed in al-Bab, 40km southwest of Manbij. The Turkish threats prompted the SDF to ask Russia and the Syrian army to establish a buffer between them and the Turkish forces.

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