Airstrikes occur near U.S.-backed forces
Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in the countryside east of Raqqa and close to where U.S.backed forces operate, Syrian state TV reported.
The attacks in the town of Maadan and village of Bir alSabkhawi, near the provincial boundary with Deir al-Zour governorate, “destroyed several bases and vehicles” belonging to the Islamist group, a military source said.
The Syrian army has active front lines with the Islamic State in Raqqa’s western countryside, where it has recaptured territory from the Islamist militants. But airstrikes in the east take the fight closer to where the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance dominated by Kurdish fighters, are operating.
The SDF launched a final assault to drive the Islamic State out of its stronghold of Raqqa last month, and have spearheaded efforts against the group in Syria’s northeast.