RFE: U.S.-Backed Forces Capture Territory On Edge Of Raqqa Amid Heavy Clashes
A U.S.-backed Syrian Arab-Kurdish coalition has captured territory on the western edge of Raqqa, the extremist group Islamic State's (IS) stronghold and self-declared capital in Syria, a monitoring group says.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on June 9 that fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were also advancing on the eastern part of the city.
The group said SDF forces took parts of the district of Jazra, west of Raqqa, backed by U.S.-led air support. Heavy clashes were reportedly continuing in the neighborhood.
The Syrian Observatory said at least 15 civilians were killed on June 8 after an air strike hit an Internet cafe.
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