Arab and Kurdish forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition began their battle for the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS, on Tuesday morning. The forces have been advancing toward the city for months and now have it surrounded in three directions.
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While the battle against the murderous terrorist organization in Mosul continues, the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS announced on Tuesday that the operation to liberate the city of Raqqa in Syria has begun. Last night, at least 12 people were killed by heavy shelling and air strikes in the area.
The spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told reporters that the offensive operation was launched this morning in coordination with the coalition. The members of the militia started to approach Raqqa in November, expelling ISIS terrorists from many villages and towns in the area. Last week, it was reported that the U.S.-backed forces have reached the northern and eastern gates of the city. Raqqa is currently surrounded by Arab and Kurdish militias from the north, east and west.
The battle for Raqqa is expected to last for a long period of time as the ISIS terrorists will most likely put up a fight. According to Lt. Gen Steve Townsend, the coalition commanding general, the forces have a tough and long road ahead of them. Townsend also said that the success of the offensive operation will deliver a “decisive blow to the idea of ISIS as a physical caliphate.”