Syria US-backed alliance to launch final push on Raqa in early summer

The city is a key waypost in the SDF's flagship offensive for Raqa, the Syrian heart of IS's so-called caliphate.

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A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) removes an Islamic State group flag in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (34 miles) west of Raqa on April 30, 2017 play

A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) removes an Islamic State group flag in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (34 miles) west of Raqa on April 30, 2017

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A US-backed alliance of Arabs and Kurds will launch their final assault on the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqa in early summer, two commanders from the force said Friday.

"The attack on Raqa will take place in the beginning of the summer," Syrian Democratic Forces commander Rojda Felat told AFP.

She later specified that it would likely start in June based on "military and tactical considerations."

Felat spoke at a press conference in Tabqa, which the SDF captured from IS on Wednesday along with its nearby dam.

The city is a key waypost in the SDF's flagship offensive for Raqa, the Syrian heart of IS's so-called caliphate, about 55 kilometres (34 miles) further down the Euphrates Valley.

The deputy head of the SDF, Qahraman Hassan, said: "In the beginning of the summer, we will storm and liberate (Raqa) city."

He said the alliance would receive "special weapons and armoured vehicles" to enter the city after President Donald Trump changed US policy to allow arms deliveries to Kurdish as well as Arab SDF fighters.

"I believe this support will arrive soon," he said.

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