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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

Dozens dead as car bomb hits Syria evacuees

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Thousands of evacuees from Fuaa and Kafraya have waited in Rashidin for more than a day when a bomb goes off. The evacuation resumes following the blast

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Apr. 16, 2017) — A suicide car bomb attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from 2 besieged government-held towns killed 43 people on Saturday, April 15, as US-backed fighters advanced in their push towards the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) group’s Raqa stronghold. Continue reading Dozens dead as car bomb hits Syria evacuees

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’

Kurdish-Arab forces announce anti-ISIS offensive north of Syria’s Raqa

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The push will be supported by airstrikes from the US-led coalition bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon (May 24, 2016) — A Kurdish-Arab alliance on Tuesday, May 24, announced the launch of a major assault against the Islamic State (ISIS) group north of the Syrian bastion of Raqa. Continue reading Kurdish-Arab forces announce anti-ISIS offensive north of Syria’s Raqa