US-backed forces launch Offensive to Retake ISIS HQ Raqqa
U.S-backed Syrian forces have begun an offensive to recapture the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa. Raqqa serves as the headquarters for the Islamic State in Syria. U.S. officials say the battle will be long and difficult, but taking back Raqqa is a necessary step to kill the idea of an Islamic State caliphate.
The U.S.-backed forces began advancing towards Raqqa in November, clearing the way by cutting off key routes in and out of the city.