Wednesday 23 August 2017

Syrian Kurdish forces seize new district from Islamic State in Raqqa

People inspect damage from air strikes and artillery shelling in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa (Aamaq News Agency via AP)
People inspect damage from air strikes and artillery shelling in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa (Aamaq News Agency via AP)

Syrian Kurdish forces say they have seized a new district from Islamic State (IS) in its self-declared capital Raqqa.

Cihan Shekh Ehmed, a spokeswoman for the US-backed militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said the group's fighters seized the western district of al-Qadisiya from IS on Monday.

Assisted by air strikes from the US-led coalition, the SDF has been slowly advancing against IS in Raqqa since launching its offensive in early June after encircling the city.

Raqqa is the capital of the extremist group's self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate, which it declared in 2014 in parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

IS has suffered a series of setbacks in recent months at the hands of an array of Syrian and Iraqi forces.

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