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Syrian Democratic Forces pressure ISIS militants in Raqqa

Friday 11-08-2017 - 03:37 PM
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Syrian Democratic Forces put more pressure ISIS militants in Raqqa
Raqqa (Syria) - U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advancing from eastern and western parts of the northern city of Raqqa have linked up for the first time in weeks after launching their offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) militants there.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launched a wide offensive to capture Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa on June 6. Since then, SDF fighters have captured half the city under the cover of Russian airstrikes.

U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon tweeted that SDF forces have linked up "East-West axes" in Raqqa and are continuing to pressure ISIS.

Mustafa Bali, who heads the SDF media center, also confirmed Friday that SDF fighters pushing from opposite sides of the city have met.

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