US-backed fighters advance on Syria’s IS-held Raqa

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© AFP | Commanders of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, in the recaptured Syrian town of Tabqa as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State’s (IS) bastion of Raqa


The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia has advanced to within four kilometres north and east of the Islamic State group’s Syrian bastion Raqa, a spokesperson and monitor said Tuesday.

The advances bring the SDF, a Kurdish-Arab alliance, closer than ever to the jihadist group’s most important remaining Syrian stronghold.

But the fighters are still 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Raqa to the west, and they do not control any territory directly to the city’s south, which is bordered by the Euphrates river.

The SDF “on Monday took three villages four kilometres (two miles) north of Raqa”, spokesman Talal Sello told AFP.

The alliance also…

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