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    Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces advance toward Islamic State positions in Seif Al Dawla district of Raqqa, Syria August 9, 2017

    Syrian Democratic Forces Reportedly Capture Major Daesh Bastion in Raqqa

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    The US-coalition with their allies are continuing the offensive in Raqqa. After allowing 275 Daesh fighters to leave the city, the coalition forces are setting up for the final battle in the area.

    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have captured the National Hospital, one of the key Daesh positions in Raqqa, and now are fighting in the area of the city's stadium, media reports say, citing SDF spokesman Mostafa Bali.

    The coalition launched on October 15 their offensive against the terrorists in the Syrian city of Raqqa after letting the last convoy with evacuees escape from the former "main Daesh stronghold." The Spokesperson for the US-Led coalition promised to make the last hardcore foreign militants "surrender."

    Earlier, the US-led coalition announced that an agreement has been reached to evacuate civilians from Raqqa. After a convoy with evacuees left the former "capital" of Daesh terrorist group, the final battle with remaining terrorists began. Reuters reported citing a militia spokesman that 275 Daesh fighters from Syria left Raqqa, according to the agreement, while 200-300 militants mostly of foreign origin remained in the city.

    The coalition commented on the issue, saying that Daesh terrorists were allowed to leave the city by agreement with local authorities controlling several areas of Raqqa.

    Disagreements About Strategy

    US national security advisers have attempted on several occasions to formulate a comprehensive strategy for Syria, but have not submitted any recommendations to the US president so far, the NBC broadcaster reported, citing US officials.

    According to the news outlet, there are disagreements among the members of Trump's administration on political transition in Syria, in particular, on the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Certain administration members, including US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, advocate the plan stipulating Assad's resignation, while others see Assad as the factor that prevented the situation in war-torn Syria from falling into chaos.

    Washington has stated on numerous occasions that it does not see Assad as a leader of post-war Syria. The United States, in particular, has proposed a plan providing for the elaboration of new a Syrian constitution and holding presidential elections under international observation after the country's liberation from terrorist groups.

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    anti-Daesh coalition, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Syria, Raqqa
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