Tuesday, June 6, 2017

U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Have Begun Their Battle To Capture Raqqa From The Islamic State





Washington Post: ‘Long and difficult’ battle begins for Islamic State’s Raqqa stronghold in Syria, says U.S. coalition

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed forces in Syria have begun the “long and difficult” battle seeking to retake the Islamic State’s Syrian de facto capital of Raqqa, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist group said Tuesday.

The groundwork for the offensive has been under way for months as Syrian Kurdish forces tried to cut supply lines to the city in central Syria. But a showdown over the city would be a major test for the U.S.-led coalition, which has waged airstrikes against the Islamic State targets since late 2014.

A similar fight against the Islamic State in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had led to months of intense urban combat.

“The fight for Raqqa will be long and difficult,” said Lt. Gen Steve Townsend, the coalition’s commanding general.

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More News On U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Beginning Their Battle To Capture Raqqa From The Islamic State

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US-backed offensive to retake Raqqa, Syria, from ISIS begins -- ABC News
US-backed forces launch bid to take Raqqa from ISIS -- CNN
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U.S.-Backed Fighters Begin Offensive To Push ISIS From Its 'Capital' -- NPR
SDF launch major offensive to capture ISIL-held Raqqa -- Al Jazeera

2 comments:

fred lapides said...

and not noted: we are building a base and will soon be head to head against Iranians

Aizino Smith said...

Fred,

We might have to fight the Iranians, the mullahs really, and Fred has started kissing his ass goodbye.