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The Latest: Russia accuses US of 'barbaric' bombing of Raqqa

The Latest: Russia accuses US of 'barbaric' bombing of RaqqaBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local):



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U.S.-backed forces in final push against Islamic State Raqqa

U.S.-backed forces in final push against Islamic State RaqqaBy John Davison and Rodi Said RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State’s one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month offensive for the city to the brink of victory. A Reuters correspondent saw smoke rising above the city and heard mortar fire, but did not see air strikes while in Raqqa. A field commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, said he expected the operation to end on Monday.



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Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears end

Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears endBEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition and local officials said Saturday that Syrian Islamic State fighters and civilians will be allowed to evacuate Raqqa, a deal that signals the imminent capture of the city but flouts earlier U.S. protests of negotiating safe exits for the extremist group.



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US-backed Syrian fighters preparing for final push in Raqqa

US-backed Syrian fighters preparing for final push in RaqqaBEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters in northern Syria are preparing for a final offensive on neighborhoods still held by the Islamic State group in the city of Raqqa, a spokesman for the group said Monday. A U.S. official affirmed that the battle for Raqqa is now approaching its last phase.



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Militants trapped in Raqqa center but Syrian Kurd commander sees long battle

Militants trapped in Raqqa center but Syrian Kurd commander sees long battleBy John Davison RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed forces now have Islamic State fighters surrounded in central Raqqa, a Syrian Kurdish commander said, but he predicted that driving the militants out could take up to four months. “We’ve cleared about half of Old Raqqa … and we’re advancing on all axes,” said Haval Gabar, the 25-year-old commander from the Kurdish YPG militia who is directing the assault on the Old City front in Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold. Units of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance dominated by the YPG, fully linked up in Raqqa’s southern districts on Tuesday, encircling the militants in the city center which includes the Old City, “The day before yesterday there was still a small gap,” Gabar said on Wednesday.



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The Latest: US envoy: Breach of IS' Raqqa wall a 'milestone'

The Latest: US envoy: Breach of IS' Raqqa wall a 'milestone'BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):



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Syrian US-backed forces seize last route into Raqqa

Syrian US-backed forces seize last route into RaqqaBEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters have seized the last road into Raqqa and are moving eastward along the river south of the city, almost completing the siege on the militants' de-facto capital, U.S. officials and a Syria war monitor said Thursday.



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U.S.-backed Syrian groups take Raqqa district from Islamic State

U.S.-backed Syrian groups take Raqqa district from Islamic StateA U.S.-backed Syrian coalition of Kurdish and Arab groups advanced against Islamic State in the jihadists’ Syrian capital of Raqqa on Sunday, taking the al-Qadisia district, they said. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began its assault on Raqqa earlier this month after a long campaign to isolate Islamic State inside the city. It took Qadisia, located in the west of Raqqa, after three days of intense fighting, it said in a statement on one of its official social media feeds.



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Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stability

Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stabilityBy Michael Georgy AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) – A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group’s low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have gained significant ground in the battle for Raqqa, the operational base for Islamic State over the past three years and a symbol of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Senior SDF figures predict Raqqa could fall within months.



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U.S.-backed fighters advance in Raqqa, Syria

U.S.-backed fighters advance in Raqqa, SyriaIslamic State group jihadists waged fierce battles Tuesday, June 13 in their Syrian stronghold Raqqa in a bid to repel US-backed fighters advancing towards the walls of the Old City.



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