WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — McGurk added that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-led coalition partners in the ground, were advancing on the militants from four directions.
"Raqqa update: ISIS [Daesh] terrorists surrounded and besieged," McGurk stated via Twitter. "City 30 percent cleared (23 sq/kms in last week)."
On November 6, 2016, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces announced the start of the military operation to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh terrorist group with the assistance of the US-led coalition's airstrikes.
Despite major advances, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) head said that the operation to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa could still take months to complete.