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Raqqa: US-backed forces advance in IS 'capital'

June 10, 2017 3:26 pm

US-backed Syrian forces have advanced into the western part of so-called Islamic State’s “capital” of Raqqa, they and a monitor report.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the move had opened up a second front inside the Syrian city. They entered the eastern part earlier this week.

Its fighters were engaged in fierce clashes with the jihadists, it said.

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The SDF, supported by US-led coalition air strikes, has spent months encircling the city.

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