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US-backed Syrian fighters control almost half of Raqqa

A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighter, looks through a hole on the front line of the industrial district on the eastern side of Raqqa city, n...
A U.S. soldier stands on the top of an armored vehicle, on a road that links to Raqqa city, northeast Syria, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The U.S. has up...
U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters walk past destroyed shops on the front line of the industrial district on the eastern side of Raqqa, Syr...
Syrian children and youths gather on a street as they look at a U.S. armored vehicle convoy pass on a road that links to Raqqa city, northeast Syria, ...
U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters walk past destroyed shops where they fight against the Islamic State militants on the front line of the ...

A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighter, looks through a hole on the front line of the industrial district on the eastern side of Raqqa city, n...

A U.S. soldier stands on the top of an armored vehicle, on a road that links to Raqqa city, northeast Syria, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The U.S. has up...

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters walk past destroyed shops on the front line of the industrial district on the eastern side of Raqqa, Syr...

Syrian children and youths gather on a street as they look at a U.S. armored vehicle convoy pass on a road that links to Raqqa city, northeast Syria, ...

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters walk past destroyed shops where they fight against the Islamic State militants on the front line of the ...

BEIRUT (AP) — A spokeswoman for a U.S.-backed Syrian opposition force and a monitoring group say opponents of the Islamic State group have captured nearly half of the extremists' de facto capital of Raqqa.

Nisreen Abdullah of the Women's Protection Units, or YPJ, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the push into the northern Syrian city has slowed down because of massive amounts of explosives laid by IS fighters.

She said fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition that includes the YPJ, now controls 45 percent of Raqqa.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says SDF fighters control half the city.

The SDF began an offensive to capture Raqqa on June 6, under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S-led coalition and have since captured 11 neighborhoods according to Abdullah.


Updated : 2021-10-25 11:43 GMT+08:00