U.S.-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near Islamic State capital

May 24, 2016 5:56 PM

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U.S.-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near Islamic State capital

AMMAN A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias launched a new offensive against Islamic State fighters near their de facto capital of Raqqa city on Tuesday, a monitoring group and an official said.

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance is the main Syrian partner for the U.S.-led alliance battling the Islamic State group that controls large areas of northern and eastern Syria. Its most powerful component is the Kurdish YPG militia.

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