Perhaps the most effective force in the battle to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State are the fighters without a home state. Ethnic Kurds, both men and women, form the backbone of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and see the…
By PBS NewsHour
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will arm Syria's Kurdish fighters "as necessary" to recapture the key Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense opposition from NATO ally Turkey, which sees the Kurds as terrorists.
By Robert Burns, Associated Press and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
U.S.-backed rebel forces have captured the city of Manbij from the Islamic State, whose grip on the city lasted two years but faltered after months of fighting.
By Corinne Segal
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