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Middle East Kurdish-led forces encircle Raqqa city, tighten noose on IS

Middle East Kurdish-led forces encircle Raqqa city, tighten noose on IS

Activist-run Deir Ezzor 24 media outlet claimed that at least 15 ISIS jailers and fighters, as well as dozens of civilians, were among those killed in the strike.

According to the fighters of Kurdish YPG, the tunnels were found in residential buildings and connected houses where ISIS members stored weapons and protected themselves from air strikes launched by the Military intervention against ISIS.

Now, ISIS is losing its grip - besieged by USA coalition airstrikes and America's allies on the ground, a rag-tag army known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The lack of rapid progress is due to ISIS's intensification of attacks, the Syrian observatory quoted a source on Sunday.

USA -backed fighters have seized the last road into Raqqa and are moving eastward along the river south of the city, nearly completing the siege on the militants' de-facto capital, US officials and a Syria war monitor said Thursday.

More than 300,000 people have lost their lives in six years of conflict in Syria, which began with protests against President Bashar al-Assad before escalating into a full-scale civil war. Dillon, who was a company commander during the war in northern Iraq in 2003, says the SDF has been moving quickly, "clearing neighborhood after neighborhood at incredible pace and this last week hit stiff resistance". "I mean, it's not like the fight's over when Raqqa's over".

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Bolstered by USA air support, the SDF - an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters - have made significant gains over the past several days and now "control all high speed avenues of approach into Raqqa", Dillon said.

Zeid, a prince from neighboring Jordan, also cited "worrying reports" about looting, abductions, arbitrary detention, and "the recruitment of children" by the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces in areas they control - like the town of Tabqa. Pro-Assad forces backed by Russian Federation and Iran also have a presence in the area, close to where Syria's borders converge with those of Jordan and Iraq.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters with their weapons, north of Raqqa City, March 8, 2017.

"As you mix more forces more closely together", the risk increases, Mattis said.

The U.S. struck the base in April after a gas attack killed 89 people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria.

The SDF say they have discovered an extensive network of tunnels used by IS fighters in the city.

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