Assault on Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa
November 8, 2016 14:58 IST
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U.S. fighters stand near military vehicles, north of Raqqa city, Syria November 6, 2016. The operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and some Arab groups, began on Saturday and aims to encircle and ultimately capture Raqqa. It should add to the pressure on IS as it faces a major assault on its Iraqi bastion of Mosul.