Kurdish-Arab forces announce anti-IS offensive north of Syria's Raqa

A Kurdish-Arab alliance on Tuesday announced the launch of a major assault against the Islamic State group north of the jihadists' Syrian bastion of Raqa. "With the participation of all SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) units, we start this operation to liberate northern Raqa" province, the SDF wrote on Twitter, quoting Kurdish commander Rojda Felat. The push will be supported by air...

al-monitor Islamic State (IS) group fighters established the capital of their self-declared caliphate in Raqa after seizing control of the northern Syrian city in 2014 Photo by Welayat Raqa/AFP/File.

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May 20, 2016

A Kurdish-Arab alliance on Tuesday announced the launch of a major assault against the Islamic State group north of the jihadists' Syrian bastion of Raqa.

"With the participation of all SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) units, we start this operation to liberate northern Raqa" province, the SDF wrote on Twitter, quoting Kurdish commander Rojda Felat.

The push will be supported by air strikes from the US-led coalition bombing IS in Iraq and Syria, the SDF said.