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Tango0105 Apr 2017 10:14 p.m. PST

"Thousands of civilians have been fleeing Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State terror group in Syria, in the past few days as airstrikes on the city intensify a foretaste of when the battle to oust the militants from the besieged city starts in earnest.

But the composition of the force to mount the final assault on the Sunni Arab city appears to be undecided, as does how the city will be governed after IS militants have been expelled.

Will it be the U.S.-backed Kurdish dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, or some of their aligned Sunni Arab and Turkmen militiamen who will retake Raqqa? Will the Turks play a role with their allied Syrian Arab rebel militias?

Will U.S. combat troops participate in significant numbers because of the tactical difficulties encountered by an indigenous, proxy ground force, much as they have in taking a more forward-leaning role in Mosul than planned?…"
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PMC31706 Apr 2017 7:04 a.m. PST

SDF/YPG-YPJ will retake it, with the help of US air power and SOF from NATO and, probably, Russia (!).

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2017 8:29 a.m. PST

This should be a poll.

Tango0106 Apr 2017 10:36 a.m. PST



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