USbacked fighters seize 80 of Raqqa from Islamic State
Syrian Democratic Forces says it is entering final stages of campaign to capture the terror group’s de facto capital
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has said its
campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State
is in its final stages and its fighters have seized 80% of the city.
The SDF said in a statement on Wednesday it had opened a new front against Isis on the northern edge of the city, the terror group’s de facto capital. It said the offensive was “a feature of the final stages of the Euphrates Wrath campaign, which is nearing its end”.
The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, launched its offensive against Isis in Raqqa in June , backed by US-led airstrikes and special forces on the ground.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the SDF had taken more than 90% of the city, adding that the major remaining hurdle for the forces was a large concentration of mines in the area.
The Isis militants still in the city have nearly run out of food and munitions, the Observatory reported.