06 Sep '17, 3pm

Islamic State loses more ground in Raqqa, Deir Ezzor

Islamic State loses more ground in Raqqa, Deir Ezzor

A Kurdish Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) flag flies over Raqqa. The Islamic State continues to lose ground inside Syria, with separate coalitions seizing turf from the self-declared caliphate in both northern and eastern Syria. The US-backed coalition has slowly pushed its way through the city of Raqqa, which was the Islamic State’s first capital. Meanwhile, the Syrian regime and its allies are attempting to retake the city of Deir Ezzor and its surrounding areas. Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) announced on Sept. 4 that fighters operating as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized and cleared the Old City of Raqqa, including the Great Mosque. CJTF-OIR touted the gains as “a milestone in the ongoing battle to defeat ISIS in Raqqa and all of Syria.” The battle for the Old City took approximately two months. The SDF entered the neighb...

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