US-backed SDF have cleared ISIS of more than half of Raqqa, Syria

US-backed SDF have cleared ISIS of more than half of Raqqa, Syria

By Loree Lewis   
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Volunteers from Raqqa join the Syrian Democratic Forces on Monday. (Rojava Defense Units/Twitter)

WASHINGTON – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces after two months of fighting have cleared ISIS of more than half of Raqqa, Syria.

Raqqa was once considered the capital of ISIS.

Fighting has intensified as the alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces push further into the city.

“Fighting in the tightly packed old city is particularly difficult, with ISIS rigging buildings and even corpses with improvised explosives to try and stall the SDF advance,” said Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesperson for the U.S.-led counter ISIS coalition.

“In the past week, ISIS has also used car bombs to attack evacuating civilians, as well as journalists.”

A U.S.-trained local police force of about 1,000 members is patrolling the liberated areas.

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