Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) female fighters sit together on a curb in the city of Hasaka, northeastern Syria, August 9, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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U.S.-backed forces now have Daesh (ISIS) fighters surrounded in central Raqqa, a Syrian Kurdish commander said, but he predicted that driving the militants out could take up to four months.Units of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance dominated by the YPG, fully linked up in Raqqa's southern districts Tuesday, encircling the militants in the city center which includes the Old City,The SDF, backed by the airstrikes and coalition special forces, have been fighting since June to clear Daesh from Raqqa city, its de facto Syrian capital.However, the multi-phased Raqqa offensive began already in November, capturing surrounding towns and villages, encircling the city and cutting off Daesh from the north, east and west. The further forces advance into Raqqa, the tougher it has become, fighters in Gabar's unit and other SDF militias said.Gabar said that despite resistance, several hundred militants had surrendered themselves, and estimates not more than 1,000 are left.The SDF are keen to finish the battle.
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