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    Pentagon Announces Creation of New Armed Rebel Group to Fight for Raqqa

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    A new group called the Syrian Elite Forces has appeared in northern Syria in the fight against Daesh terror group, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman John Dorrian announced in a press briefing on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Dorrian explained the SEF has teamed up with the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) in their efforts to combat Daesh in Raqqa.

    "A new fighting force known as the Syrian Elite Forces (SEF) which is 90 percent Syrian Arabs has been organized in northern Syria," Dorrian stated.

    "It’s accurate to say they have joined the SDF effort to isolate Raqqa," Dorrian added.

    Raqqa has been the Syrian-based headquarters of Daesh since 2014.

    Dorrian was unable to provide information about the size of the SEF contingent.

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