A U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab force says it has begun an operation to capture Raqqa, so-called Islamic State’s “capital” in Syria. The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) will be aided by U.S.-led coalition air strikes. “The major battle to liberate Raqqa and its surroundings has begun,” a spokesperson for the SDF said. An official in Washington also confirmed the start of the operation, saying forces would first attempt “to isolate Raqqa, to set the stage for an eventual assault on the city itself to liberate it.”
Source: Drudge Report

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