World US-backed forces say advancing against IS in Syria's Raqa

12:31  17 july  2017
12:31  17 july  2017 Source:   AFP

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the SIS fighters were waging counterattacks in the Old City of Raqqa , where the U . S .- backed Syrian Democratic Forces have advanced some 200 meters beyond the city' s outer walls.

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants fought on Friday to repel the advance of U . S .- backed Syrian forces , days after they inched closer to the heart of the extremist group' s de facto capital of Raqqa . The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the IS fighters were waging counterattacks

Smoke billows following an airstrike on the western frontline of Raqa on July 15, 2017, during an offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters© Provided by AFP Smoke billows following an airstrike on the western frontline of Raqa on July 15, 2017, during an offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters

US-backed forces said Monday they had seized a new neighbourhood from the Islamic State group in the jihadist stronghold of Raqa in northern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, have been pressing an operation to capture the jihadist stronghold since last year, and entered the city in June.

"The Al-Yarmuk district was liberated yesterday," the SDF's spokeswoman for the Raqa operation Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told AFP.

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say Islamic State group fighters are battling to repel the advance of U . S .- backed Syrian forces days after they brought the fight to the heart of the militant group' s de-facto capital.

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Al-Yarmuk is a large neighbourhood on the southwestern outskirts of the city.

"The operation is continuing but there are many fierce clashes," Ahmed said, speaking in the town of Ain Issa, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Raqa.

"We are taking steady and sound steps. What is important to us is not speed, but liberating civilians and eliminating Daesh," she added.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the SDF had advanced in Al-Yarmuk but did not yet fully control the district.

The monitor said the militia held the western portion of the district but that heavy fighting was continuing.

It also reported that hundreds of civilians had fled IS-held parts of the city towards areas now controlled by the SDF in the last 48 hours.

The monitor estimates the US-backed force currently holds around 35 percent of the city.

The SDF began an operation to capture Raqa in November 2016 and spent months taking territory around the city before finally entering it in June.

It has been backed by heavy US-led coalition air strikes, including on Monday, which killed at least three civilians, according to the Observatory.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began with anti-government protests in March 2011.

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