U.S.-backed forces have reached a “key milestone” in efforts to liberate Raqqa, Syria, the self-declared capital of ISIS whose forces have held the city for more than a year.
According to Tuesday reports, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have accessed Raqqa’s Old City after breaching the 8th-century Rafiqah Wall.
Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, called the development a “key milestone” in efforts “to liberate the city.”
— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) July 4, 2017
The campaign to retake the Syrian city began on June 6 and coincides with the coalition’s battle to remove the last ISIS fighters in Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, which commenced last fall.
According to news sources, Gen. Steve Townsend said, “It’s hard to convince new recruits that ISIS is a winning cause when they just lost their twin ‘capitals’ in both Iraq and Syria.”
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