Washington Examiner: 'The s--t is about to go down in Raqqa,' Pentagon source says
The long-awaited offensive by U.S.-backed Syrian forces to liberate the self-proclaimed Islamic State capital of Raqqa, Syria, will begin in days, Pentagon officials told the Washington Examiner Thursday.
"The shit is about to go down in Raqqa," one official said, speaking under condition of anonymity. "I would expect to see the assault begin in the coming days."
While the Pentagon is not saying publicly when the offensive will kick off, it has acknowledged that all the forces are in place, small arms are being handed out to the Syrian Democratic Forces, and civilians have been told to get out of Raqqa so they are not caught in the crossfire.
"The SDF is poised around Raqqa. They are within 3 kilometers [1.8 miles] from the north and the east, and are about 10 kilometers [6 miles] from the city to the west," said Col. Ryan Dillon, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad.
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Update #1: DoD Official On The Campaign Against ISIS: ‘The Sh*t Is About To Go Down In Raqqa’ (Task & Purpose)
Update #2: YPG tightens noose around Raqqa (Al-Monitor)
WNU Editor: I am not privy to what the U.S. and its allies are going to do when it comes to the liberation of Raqqa. My guess is that the "real" offensive to retake the city will happen after Mosul has fallen (or is about to fall). But it looks like the population have gotten the message by fleeing the city .... and more to the point .... the Islamic State is permitting them to leave .... 200,000 flee Raqqa ahead of assault by Syrian forces (New Arab)