The Syrian Democratic Forces are advancing in the east and west of the "Islamic State" stronghold of Raqqa. A US-led coalition is providing air support, but dozens of civilian casualties are being reported as airstrikes on the Syrian city intensify.
What is life like in Raqqa today? In October 2017, the northern Syrian city was liberated from the rule of the so-called Islamic State, or IS.
The Kurdish militia YPG is America’s main partner in the fight against IS. Foreign fighters have joined its ranks, including German nationals. DW spoke to one of them, who has just received his marching orders.
Kurdish-led forces have targeted 'IS' pockets in eastern Syria, where the "remnants of its leadership" are hiding, said a US official. Airstrikes that coincided with the announcement have left 23 civilians dead.
With a "hard core of foreign fighters," the notorious militant group has positioned itself for its last stand in Raqqa. The US-led coalition against "Islamic State" has rejected any negotiated withdrawal of militants.
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