U.S.-backed anti-IS forces to announce Raqqa assault start date on Tuesday

Reuters News
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Posted: Jun 05, 2017 1:18 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State will announce the start date for the final assault on Raqqa city on Tuesday, aiming to oust the militants from their de facto Syrian capital, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Monday.

The SDF is an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. On Saturday the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, part of the SDF, told Reuters the fifth and final stage of the attack would start in the coming "few days".

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Angus MacSwan)