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U.S.-Backed Forces Seize Half of Raqqa, The Capital Of ISIS’s ‘Caliphate’ | Newsweek
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U.S.-Backed Forces Seize Half of Raqqa, The Capital Of ISIS’s ‘Caliphate’ | Newsweek

The U.S.-backed forces fighting to oust the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) from its eastern Syrian bastion of Raqqa have seized half of the city less than two months into a multi-pronged offensive, a Syrian monitor said Thursday.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a U.K.-based opposition-leaning monitoring group with an extensive network of contacts on the ground in Syria, confirmed to Newsweek that half the territory previously controlled by ISIS is now in the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Kurdish-Arab alliance leading the ground offensive.

“Fifty days after the start of the battle of Greater Raqqa…the Syrian Democratic Forces control about 50 percent of the city of Raqqa,” director Rami Abdelrahman said in an email.

A spokesperson for the SDF, Cihan Shekh Ahmed, also confirmed in an Arabic-language tweet that the coalition of militias had captured half of the city.

Source: U.S.-Backed Forces Seize Half of Raqqa, The Capital Of ISIS’s ‘Caliphate’