Teen fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces joke each other in Raqqa, Syria October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Raqqa's hospital, a big complex riddled with bullet holes, whose capture will signal the end of Daesh's (ISIS) crumbling Syrian capital, lies just 200 yards from a front-line base of the Syrian Democratic Forces.Commanders directing the battle on the ground say seizing these and a nearby stadium, Daesh's last strongholds in the city, could take as little as a week once a final assault begins against just a few hundred remaining militants.But the militant group is holding civilian hostages in the hospital and stadium and using sniper fire, booby traps and tunnels that emerge behind SDF lines to slow the battle.The commanders were confident of total victory soon, however, with Daesh surrounded in a small portion of the city which houses the remaining strategic sites.Many leaders are believed to have fled to Deir al-Zor where the SDF and Syrian government forces are pressing competing offensives against Daesh.Battle weary, the commanders were keen to capture the last strategic sites as soon as possible.
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