US-backed militia says it has begun siege of ISIS ‘capital’ Raqqa

The mainly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the start of a long-awaited siege on ISIS stronghold Raqqa, Syria one week after the US confirmed delivery of arms to it.

SDF, a militia dominated by the Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units), said on Tuesday that it has begun a battle to capture Raqqa. “The campaign started yesterday [Monday] to liberate Raqqa city,” SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters in a telephone interview.

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