Task & Purpose: The US Military Is Getting Ready To Move On ISIS’ Stronghold In Syria
The American military’s war on the Islamic State is about to dramatically escalate with a siege of Raqqa, the Syrian city that serves as the de facto capital and chief stronghold of ISIS, according to a U.S. military spokesperson.
Army Col. John Dorrian, the spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, the name given to the mission to defeat ISIS, told reporters in Baghdad that “ultimately we’re isolating Raqqa and we are going to, at a time that our partners choose, move in and liberate that city from” the Islamic State, according to the Associated Press.
The “partners” in this case refer largely to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the U.S.-backed moderate Syrian rebels that have been trained and equipped by the American military. Just this week, Reuters reported that Syrian Democratic Forces advanced to within a mile of a key ISIS stronghold called Tabqa, just 25 miles outside of Raqqa, and repelled and ISIS counterassault in the process.
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