Sunday, November 6, 2016

Kurdish, Arab Troops Launch Attack on Raqqa; Mission to Retake IS-Controlled Capital in Syria

U.S.-backed rebels today (November 6, 2016) began an operation to retake the city of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria, according to the Newsmax website.

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) -- an alliance of of Kurdish and Arab armed forces -- said its operation to retake Raqqa is called "Euphrates Anger."

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on October 25 that the battle to retake Raqqa in Syria would "overlap" with the assault on the city of Mosul in Iraq.

Since it was formed in early 2015, the SDF has seized much territory along the Syria-Turkey border from the Islamic State, and pushed the jihadist group back to within 18 miles of Raqqa.

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