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Syrian Democratic Forces Pursue Offensive Near Daesh-Occupied Raqqa

© REUTERS / Rodi SaidFighters of the Syria Democratic Forces prepare to fire a mortar shell towards positions held by Islamic State fighters in northern province of Raqqa.
Fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces prepare to fire a mortar shell towards positions held by Islamic State fighters in northern province of Raqqa. - Sputnik International
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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which includes the Kurdish People's Defense Units (YPG) continue an offensive in the direction of Syria's Tabqah to encircle Daesh-held city of Raqqa, a YPG source told RIA Novosti on Monday.

Armed men in uniforms identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces stand in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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ERBIL (Iraq) (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, the SDF, supported by Washington started an operation to liberate Raqqa from Daesh.

"The operation Raqqa, as we call it, is underway. Our first aim is not to capture Raqqa itself, but to cut the communications between IS territories and Turkey. That's why, we started offensive on Tabqah town located 40 kilometers [25 miles] west of Raqqa after capturing several villages north of Raqqa," the source said.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, such as Daesh.

Raqqa has been under control of Daesh, a designated terror group outlawed in the United States and Russia among many other countries, since 2013.

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