October 5, 2017 16:30 IST

Battle for Islamic State's de facto capital

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Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces near the stadium in Raqqa, Syria. Credit: Reuters
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Smoke rises in the stadium as members of Syrian Democratic Forces battle with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. Credit: Reuters
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A member of Syrian Democratic Forces runs for cover to avoid sniper fire from Islamic State militants near the stadium in Raqqa. Credit: Reuters
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Members of Syrian Democratic Forces take up positions on the rooftop of a house during a battle with Islamic State militants in Raqqa, Syria. Credit: Reuters
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A view of Raqqa's National Hospital, last stronghold of the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa. Credit: Reuters