US-backed Syria force ousts IS from half of Raqa

US-backed Syria force ousts IS from half of RaqaA US-backed alliance has ousted Islamic State group jihadists from half of their Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said Wednesday, as the escalating fighting drove up the civilian death toll. The SDF “are now in control of 50 percent of Raqa city despite the fierce resistance mounted by IS”, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP. The SDF assault has been backed by air strikes, special forces advisers, equipment and weapons from the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.



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