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Syrian Democratic Forces pressure ISIS militants in Raqqa

Local | 2017-08-11 15:08:55
Syrian Democratic Forces pressure ISIS militants in Raqqa
   Heza, a member of the Shengal Women's Units (YPS), a group of women fighters from Iraq's northeastern Sinjar region supporting the Women's Protection Units (YPG), prepares her rifle on the eastern outskirts of Raqa on July 18, 2017. (AFP / BULENT KILIC)
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 Daesh (ISIS) militants there.

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

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

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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