WASHINGTON — Besieged ISIS fighters launched a desperate counterattack, disguised as Syrian Democratic Forces, in the al-Sinaa and al-Mashlab neighborhoods of Raqqa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The attack was launched by roughly 30 to 40 fighters according to the human rights watchdog observing the Syrian conflict.
Reports out of the battlefield indicate ISIS fighters disguised themselves in the uniforms of the SDF, comprising Kurdish and Arab troops, to launch the counterattack. The tactic may be new in Raqqa, according to Col. Joe Scrocca, a spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve.
“The fighters of the organization [ISIS] were wearing the military uniform of the Syria Democratic Forces, and carried out attacks on both neighborhoods located in the eastern section of al-Raqqah city,” the report from the Syrian Observatory reads.
“We have seen reports of ISIS wearing military and police uniforms in Mosul. I have not seen reports of this yet in Raqqa,” Scrocca said.
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