Friday, June 30, 2017

Islamic State Forced To Try A New Strategy In Raqqa

A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) is shown in Raqqa, Syria, June 27, 2017.

VOA: Battered by US Airstrikes, IS Tries New Strategy in Raqqa

WASHINGTON — With Islamic State in disarray in Raqqa, its fighters are switching to small-scale suicide attacks to fend off a rapid offensive by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and a stream of coalition airstrikes, SDF commanders say.

Unlike past battles, when IS militants attacked SDF front lines with hundreds of fighters and car bombs, the terror group’s new strategy involves using small groups of suicide bombers – six or seven -- to cause large numbers of casualties, SDF commanders on the scene told VOA.

“This new method involves scattered attacks and most likely ends in the killing of all attackers,” SDF commander Agid Muhammad told VOA from Raqqa.

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WNU Editor: The battle for Raqqa is going to end .... the question is when. On a side note, it appears that U.S. artillery is having a devastating impact on ISIS .... This Is The Devastating Piece of Artillery Leading The Ground Fight Against ISIS (Task & Purpose).

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