Forces Fighting Against ISIS Are Closing In

by : UNILAD on : 15 Mar 2016 11:43
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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.

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Members of the Free Syrian Army

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.

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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.

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  1. Independent

    Isis opposition 'at gates of Raqqa' as Syrian Democratic Forces reclaim villages from their control