US-backed Syrian fighters take parts of IS '' capital ' Raqqa

Sunday, June 11, 2017|5:55 a.m.

BEIRUT– A U.S.-backed Syrian force states it has actually captured a northwestern neighborhood of the Islamic State group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa after 2 days of battling.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces states its fighters recorded on Sunday the neighborhood of Romaniah after 2 days of battling that left 12 IS gunmen dead, consisting of a leader called Abu Khattab al-Tunsi.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated SDF fighters now manage Romaniah and the eastern community of Mashlab. The fighters have actually likewise entered Raqqa’s western neighborhood of Sabahiya.

SDF fighters started their offensive on Raqqa city on June 6 under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led union.

The fight is likely to be long and challenging as the extremist group is expected to increasingly defend its self-declared capital.

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