U.S.-Backed Forces In Syria Say ‘Final’ Battle For Raqqa Is On

A spokesman for the U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria says the “final” battle to uproot the extremists from the northern city of Raqqa is under way, as dozens of IS fighters surrender.

Mustafa Bali, the spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said on October 14 that the battle could take hours or days.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is an alliance of Arab and Kurdish militias dominated by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

The loss of Raqqa, once the de facto capital of its self-proclaimed caliphate, would deal a huge blow to the militant group.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I wish them all the success in the world, after which there will be scores to settle.

    • Mark Matis

      But can we send “Songbird” McShame over there to get some more selfies with his Muslim buddies as the attacks are underway? To the best of my knowledge, all the people in the previous photos with him turned out to be ISIS…

  • tom_billesley

    All factions supported by the US will have been secretly stockpiling ammunition.

  • DaninVan

    Iraq would be an infinitely better place if ruled by the Kurds. I can’t understand why the US doesn’t understand that???
    Stability. Anti-Iran. Cosmopolitan society. What’s not to like?
    The Kurds have my best wishes…as they roll on to Baghdad. 😉
    It just occurred to me, with A Kurdish Iraq, the US could establish new airbases outside of Turkey! That’s a win all around. (The only downside is lack of sea access).