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US-backed forces say battle to retake Raqqa from Isis 'will take months'  

Kurdish fighters run across a street in Raqqa, Syria on July 3, 2017US-backed forces encircling Raqqa expect the fight to oust the remnants of Islamic State from its most symbolic Syrian stronghold to take at least 3 months, despite rapid advances towards the city centre this week.

The advance met with fierce resistance on Wednesday, as Isis fighters used an 18th-century fortified wall as a buffer against Kurdish and Arab fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, who had been claiming neighbourhoods of the city, while steadily closing in from its surrounds. Read more HERE.

Kurdish fighters run across a street in Raqqa, Syria on July 3, 2017US-backed forces encircling Raqqa expect the fight to oust the remnants of Islamic State from its most symbolic Syrian stronghold to take at least 3 months, despite rapid advances towards the city centre this week.

The advance met with fierce resistance on Wednesday, as Isis fighters used an 18th-century fortified wall as a buffer against Kurdish and Arab fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, who had been claiming neighbourhoods of the city, while steadily closing in from its surrounds. Read more HERE.

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Published on 06/07/2017 @ 14h54   | |