US-backed forces fighting Islamic State enter Syria stronghold of Raqqa

Kurdish and Arab forces backed by the United States have entered Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, setting the stage for what could be a months-long campaign to reclaim the militants’ largest stronghold in Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters, breached the outer city limits of Raqqa, seizing a 1,000-year-old fortress in the west and a neighbourhood on the eastern side of the city, two days after announcing the start of the offensive.

“Raqqa to them is the capital of the caliphate, and they [Isis] have fortified it to a great extent,” Nouri Mahmoud, a spokesman for the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish militia taking part in the assault, told the Guardian.

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    • DMB

      The entire Saudi team should have gotten a red card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

      • I’m sure there was money somewhere to make sure that didn’t happen.

  • canminuteman

    Sure they are forces backed by the US this week, but will they still be backing them next week? The Americans can’t seem to decide who are the good guys and who aren’t. I suppose that it doesn’t help that they are really all bad guys.

  • Frances

    Feel really sorry for the civilians who will be increasingly used as shield by Isil during the fighting. Okay, they’re all “wogs”, but they don’t deserve what’s going to be happening during the next few months.

  • Gary

    No wonder ISIS is popular with muslims….they have the nicer Toyota’s while these guy have Kia’s from Korea.