Syria conflict: Rebel force targets IS ‘capital’ Raqqa

Reuters Image caption Commanders from the rebel forces warned civilians to leave militant-occupied areas
Reuters Image caption Commanders from the rebel forces warned civilians to leave militant-occupied areas

A US-backed Kurdish and Arab force says it has begun an operation to capture Raqqa, so-called Islamic State’s “capital” in Syria.

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) will be aided by US-led coalition air strikes.

They have also warned civilians to steer clear of areas where IS militants are present.

The coalition of Kurdish and ethnic Arab militias has been gaining ground in areas to the north of the city.

The offensive was announced at a press conference in Ain Issa, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) away from Raqqa

READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

SOURCE: BBC News Online

(Visited 132 times, 1 visits today)
About Cholo Brooks 13195 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.