The first stage of Operation Wrath of Euphrates has been successfully completed. A 700 square kilometer region covering villages, towns and several strategic areas have been liberated and the line of defense for the Daesh (ISIS) terrorists to the north of Raqqa has been broken. Our forces have opened secure paths and achieved safe passage to liberated zones for thousands of civilians.
During the last meeting of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), it has been decided to move on to the second phase of the operation. The goal in this stage is to achieve a siege to the west of the city. Trained by the International Coalition, 1150 Arab fighters from Raqqa will take part in the operation, including the Dêrezor Military Council, Teyyar El-Xed El-Sûrî El Nuxbe Forces and new armed forces under Siwar El-Reqa Brigade.
Our coordination with the International Coalition forces also continues. This coordination will be actualized in a stronger manner in the second stage of the operation and it will be carried out with a more result-oriented effort.
On the other hand, following the liberation of the city, it will be ensured that a civilian administration including all components of society will carry out their duties.
Our call for the people of Raqqa is to stay away from regions with Daesg terrorists’ presence until our forces liberate them.
We wholeheartedly thank the people and the clans of Raqqa for aiding us throughout the operation and warmly welcoming us.
We wish for the continued support of our people during the operation and support in clearing Raqqa from ISIS gangs.
Wrath of Euphrates Operations Room
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
December 10, 2016