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Coalition Vows to Continue Backing SDF's Raqqa Op With Advisors, Air Support

© REUTERS / Rodi SaidA Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter walks through a damaged street in the town of Tabqa, after SDF captured it from Islamic State militants this week, in Raqqa, Syria May 12, 2017
A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter walks through a damaged street in the town of Tabqa, after SDF captured it from Islamic State militants this week, in Raqqa, Syria May 12, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The US-led coalition will continue supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) assault on Raqqa with air support and advisors, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon said in a briefing on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, the SDF announced the beginning of the final offensive to recapture Raqqa, Daesh’s de facto capital.

"We expect to have the coalition continue to provide our intelligence, our surveillance, our reconnaissance and our advisors will be with them throughout this engagement fight and our air, artillery and… helicopters in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces as we move forward," Dillon told reporters.

A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, removes an Islamic State group flag in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa city, on April 30, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the group's de facto capital - Sputnik International
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Dillon said the SDF had made steady progress in the two days since the Raqqa offensive began, recapturing some ground from the terror group.

Coalition Commander Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend said on Tuesday that the Raqqa offensive is expected to be long and difficult.

After the future liberation, the city will be turned over to a representative body of local civilians.

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