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Kurdish forces move to capture ISIS 'capital' Raqqa

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces
Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces
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Kurdish forces and their Arab allies in northern Syria have begun an ambitious offensive to take the de-facto capital city of the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS).

Approximately 50,000 Kurdish and Arab fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - an alliance led and dominated by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) - launched a "three-pronged offensive" on Raqqa in Syria, according to the Kurdish Rudaw news agency.

"Today our forces headed to Raqqa," a source within the SDF told the news agency, adding that US air support would be involved in the operation. READ MORE