Syria Democratic Forces enter Deir al-Zor province for first time

By REUTERS
February 21, 2017 20:02
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BEIRUT - The US-backed Syria Democratic Forces alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time, as part of a US-backed offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday.

The advance is part of an operation to encircle and ultimately capture the ultra-hardline group's de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa in the north of the country.The SDF, which consists of Kurdish and Arab fighters, had entered the northern part of Deir al-Zor province and captured a number of villages from Islamic State militants, the Kurdish military source told Reuters.


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