RFE: Kurdish-Led SDF Closing In On IS-Held Raqqa, Groups Report
An international monitoring group and Kurdish media are reporting that Syrian Kurdish-led forces are closing in on the city of Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria.
The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on May 13 said the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advanced to 4 kilometers from the northeast of the city in a multipronged offensive amid strong resistance from IS fighters.
The reported advance comes a day after SDF commanders said they would launch their assault on Raqqa, the last large IS stronghold in Syria, by early summer.
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