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US-backed force seizes 90% of Syria’s Raqa from ISIS

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WELCOME. Children flash the victory gesture as a military convoy carrying US-made Oshkosh armored vehicles, bulldozers, and arms headed for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting in Raqa, passes through the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on September 19, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Under siege in the northern city for 3 months, ISIS is struggling to defend its one-time bastion under a barrage of air strikes by the US-led coalition battling the jihadists in Syria and Iraq

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Sept. 21, 2017) — US-backed fighters have seized 90% of Raqa from the Islamic State (ISIS) group, a monitor said Wednesday, September 20, as they announced they were in the “final stages” of capturing the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold. Continue reading US-backed force seizes 90% of Syria’s Raqa from ISIS

US-backed forces launch assault on Syrian ISIS ‘capital’

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RAQA OPERATION. Jihan Sheikh Ahmed (C), a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), holds a press conference in the town of Ain Issa on November 6, 2016, to announce that the US-backed alliance has begun an operation to capture the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

The operation to liberate Raqa, dubbed ‘Wrath of the Euphrates,’ involves some 30,000 fighters

AIN ISSA, Syria (Nov. 7, 2016) — US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces launched an offensive Sunday, November 6, on the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa, upping pressure on the jihadists who are already battling Iraqi troops in Mosul.  Continue reading US-backed forces launch assault on Syrian ISIS ‘capital’

Air raids on ISIS Syria bastion kill 19 civilians

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The Britain-based monitor gives no immediate word on whether the strikes are carried out by the Damascus regime, its ally Moscow, or the US-led coalition battling ISIS

BEIRUT, Lebanon (May 3, 2016) — Heavy air strikes throughout the night on the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s de facto Syria capital Raqa killed 19 civilians and 10 jihadists, a monitor said in a new toll on Tuesday, May 3. Continue reading Air raids on ISIS Syria bastion kill 19 civilians