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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2017 9:14 p.m. PST

"As U.S.-backed forces in Syria inch their way through Raqqa, once the Islamic State's de facto capital and staunchest stronghold, their battle has become one of grinding attrition, and the toughest they have faced to date.

At times they are fighting house-to-house, battling suicide attacks in narrow streets as they wait to see if the militants will send more bombs among fleeing civilians.

"The battle for Raqqa is completely different to anything we have fought before. ISIS is defending its capital now," said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-dominated militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF that Washington has backed to retake swaths of Syria controlled by the Islamic State.

Previous offensives have ended when the militants retreated, apparently deciding to conserve manpower ahead of more consequential battles. This time, Bali said, there would be no escape…"

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2017 9:36 p.m. PST

Interesting. I wonder when their chemical weapons booby traps are gonna start going off.

Dan

PMC31708 Aug 2017 1:16 a.m. PST

SDF leads the way, heh. If only the US can keep Turkey off their back… and the Russians can keep the Syrian state off their flank.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 5:58 a.m. PST

And don't let the rats escape this time. Tighten the noose completely around the city.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 10:23 a.m. PST

(smile)


Amicalement
Armand

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 10:45 a.m. PST

The big rats left long ago. I hope they have people looking for them and don't assume they died in the final assault to come.

Dan

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