South Front reports today that the US backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the villages of Hamra Balasim, Nasira, and Al-Furqun around the eastern and western countrysides of Raqqa, Syria putting them within five miles (8 km) of the Islamic State stronghold. The report also states the SDF is preparing to attack the Islamic State in the village of Kadiran which is about 1 mile (1 km) from the Tishreen Dam. An Islamic State-linked news agency released a video of four Kurdish fighters who had been captured by the Islamic State militants in the village of Ajil roughly 30 miles west of Raqqa near the Tabqah military airbase. The airbase was recaptured from the Islamic State earlier this month.
South Front report found here.