Fighters from a Syrian rebel militia are closing in on ISIS’ de-facto capital of Raqqa in Syria.
It is reported by The Independent, that the Syrian Democratic Forces have recently succeeded in taking over numerous ISIS strongholds and are now less then 20 miles away from the Islamic State’s self proclaimed Syrian capital city.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are a military unit established in the heat of the Syrian Civil War and are made up of members from numerous rebel groups such as the Kurdish YPG and YPJ, the Free Syrian Army, as well as many Arabs and Christians.
They say their aim is to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from Syria.
Raqqa was captured by the Islamic State back in 2014 and it has since functioned as the fundamentalist terror groups HQ.
With the help of controversial airstrikes, which many claim have been killing a lot of those fighting against ISIS, the group advanced from Al-Shaddadi, where they met with another section of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Speaking to Sky News, Rizgar Serekani, an SDF commander said:
We’re trying to create a barrier between here and Raqqa, to stop Isis movement and clear the area of all Isis.
This news comes just days after women in Raqqa risked their lives to secretly film what life under ISIS is really like.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.