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US General Says Troops In Syria “Just Getting Started,” And They Will Be Around “For A While” - The Inquisitr

U.S. General Stephen Townsend told CBS News that the United States is in Syria “for a while” and is looking to fight another counter-insurgency war in Syria to destroy ISIS, or the Islamic State, after the fall of the group's capital city, Raqqa ...and more »

US anti-IS chief visits Raqqa civil council in Syria - The New Arab

The US chief envoy to the anti-IS coalition has visited a council in northern Syria which is set to take over the running of Raqqa after the jihadis defeat. Tags: Raqqa, Raqqa Civil Council, anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk. The US chief envoy to the ...and more »

US-Backed Forces Surround ISIS 'Capital' - NPR

U.S.-backed forces have surrounded the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State group's so-called capital, dealing a symbolic blow to the extremist group as it continues to lose territory. However, human rights advocates are sounding the alarm ...and more »

Syria war: Why the battle for Raqqa is far from won - BBC News

The battle for Raqqa is far from won. But in the town of Ayn Issa, barely 35 miles (56km) north of the front lines, they are already looking at a future post-caliphate. On Wednesday, Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition fighting the group that ...and more »

Syrian regime, Raqqa council separately announce releases of prisoners - Rudaw

Secular demonstrators in Aleppo wave the old Syrian flag that has became the symbol of their opposition movement. Aamir Qureshi | AFP. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Nearly 700 detainees in Syria's prisons have been released over the weekend after promising ...and more »

A bullet almost killed this Kurdish sniper. Then she laughed about it. - Washington Post

A Kurdish sniper, reportedly targeting Islamic State fighters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, laughed in the face of death after a gunshot cracked into a wall above her head, showering her with chunks of concrete. A video of the incident, posted online ...and more »

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State - The Guardian

With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more autonomy? Martin Chulov. Sat 24 Jun 2017 14.36 EDT Last modified on Fri 1 Dec 2017 22.03 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via ...and more »

Seven Days, a Gun, and a Prayer: The Pentagon's Plan to Pacify Raqqa - Foreign Policy (blog)

Thousands of new security personnel are being trained by U.S. special operations forces to keep the peace in Raqqa after the Islamic State, but is a week of training enough? By Paul McLeary. | June 29, 2017, 3:58 PM. A fighter from the Syriac Military ...and more »

Isis' last escape route from Raqqa 'cut off' by US-backed SDF fighters, says Syrian monitoring group - The Independent

US-backed forces have completely surrounded the Isis-held city of Raqqa in Syria after cutting off militants' last remaining escape route, monitors have said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had ...and more »

US Mulls Arms for Kurdish Fighters in Syria Even After ISIS Capital Falls - Haaretz

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria on Tuesday, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from ISIS. NATO ally Turkey ...and more »