A fighter from the SDF looks toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian forces say the battle for control of the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqqa has begun. File photo: Reuters A fighter from the SDF looks toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian forces say the battle for control of the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqqa has begun. File photo: Reuters
A fighter from the SDF looks toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian forces say the battle for control of the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqqa has begun. File photo: Reuters

US-backed fighters thrust into IS bastion Raqqa for ‘decisive blow’

The attack on the northern city at the heart of IS’s Syrian territory has been seven months in the making

Topic |   Islamic militancy
A fighter from the SDF looks toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian forces say the battle for control of the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqqa has begun. File photo: Reuters A fighter from the SDF looks toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian forces say the battle for control of the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqqa has begun. File photo: Reuters
A fighter from the SDF looks toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian forces say the battle for control of the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqqa has begun. File photo: Reuters
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