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'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa': the women fighting Isis - The Guardian

Kimberley Taylor from Blackburn is part of the all-female Kurdish force battling to rout Islamic State. Driving them on is the chance to free women enslaved by the extremists: 'It starts with fighting Daesh, then the mentality of the male'. by Mark ...and more »

US-backed forces push against IS in slowed Raqqa campaign - Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State in Syria took several neighborhoods from the militant group in the town of Tabqa on Friday, they said in a statement, part of a campaign to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa city.and more »

Kurdish forces 'take 90 percent' of Syria's Tabqa - Aljazeera.com

Kurdish forces are reported to have taken 90 percent of Tabqa city in Syria's Raqqa province from ISIL amid clashes that have left an estimated 19 people dead. The claim was made by the official spokesperson for Ghadab al-Furat, a Kurdish group ...and more »

US forces in buffer zone to block Turk-Kurdish fighting - Washington Times

The distinctive green and gold banner of the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG flew alongside the Stars and Stripes this week, as U.S. troops and Kurdish paramilitaries took up positions in northern Syria's enclave of Rojava. The combination ...and more »

Islamic State fighters pushed out of old portion of strategically important Tabqa - Christian Science Monitor

US-backed forces have retaken about 60 percent of the town, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syrian Democratic Forces/AP. This Sunday photo provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), shows fighters from the SDF patrolling in ...and more »

US-backed fighters corner Daesh in Syria's Tabaqa - Jordan Times

TABAQA, Syria — US-backed fighters cornered the Daesh terror group in a last part of Tabaqa on Monday, after tearing down a huge extremist flag that had fluttered over the northern Syrian city. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of ...and more »

Syrian fishermen lend their boats to aid escape from ISIL - The National

With the most direct route to Tabqa blocked by ISIL, the Syrian Democratic Forces have created a new supply route across Lake Assad using a makeshift ferry which also carries civilians to safety.and more »

US-Backed Fighters Advance Against IS In Tabqa, Monitor Says - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

U.S-backed Kurdish-Arab forces have made gains against Islamic State (IS) militants in the town of Tabqa near the extremists' stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, a leading monitor group says. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on ...and more »

Tabqa: All you need to know about its significance in SDF's fight against Islamic State in Syria - Firstpost

US-backed militias said on Monday that they had pushed Islamic State fighters out of the old quarters of Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, hemming the militants into the remaining modern district along the shore ...and more »

US-backed militias announce major advance in fight against ISIS - AOL

BEIRUT, May 1 (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said on Monday they had pushed Islamic State fighters out of the old quarters of Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, hemming the militants into the remaining modern district ...and more »