Tuesday, May 24, 2016

US-backed Syrian forces are launching an offensive against ISIS's de facto capital RAQQA

Albin Szakola, Now Lebanon

BEIRUT – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by Kurdish troops have launched a widely-anticipated offensive north of ISIS’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, days after Washington’s top military official region visited northern Syria.
The SDF on Monday afternoon announced the start of the campaign, under the banner “Liberation of Northern Raqqa,” but cautioned that the offensive does not immediately aim to capture the city itself.
“The campaign is aimed at repelling terrorist attacks on Shaddadi, Tel Abyad and Kobane, ensuring the security of our people,” the coalition said on its official Twitter account.
The SDF added that the campaign will “focus on the liberation of Syrians” in northern Raqqa from “Daesh (ISIS) oppression.”

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