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U.S.-backed SDF says Raqqa campaign in final stages
September 20, 2017 / 8:44 AM / 2 months ago

U.S.-backed SDF says Raqqa campaign in final stages

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.

Fighters from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk together along a damaged street in Raqqa, Syria September 16, 2017. REUTERS/ Rodi Said

In a statement, the SDF said it had opened a new front against IS on the northern edge of Raqqa, describing this as “a feature of the final stages of the Euphrates Wrath campaign, which is nearing its end”.

Reporting by Sarah Dadouch; Editing by Tom Perry and Hugh Lawson

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