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YPG militia alliance set to attack ISIL stronghold Raqqa "within weeks"

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YPG militia alliance set to attack ISIL stronghold Raqqa "within weeks"


The city of Raqqa – the Syrian base of the militant Islamic State is now a target for the YPG which expects to attack the stronghold within weeks.

The head of the group told a London-based newspaper contacts were underway with the US-led coalition to set “zero hour” for the operation.

ISIL has taken Raqqa as its so-called capital. The YPG – the Syrian Kurdish militia includes Syrian Arab groups – an alliance whose creation was announced at the start of this week.

It has received arms from the US. The Pentagon confirmed more than 45 tonnes of ammunition were dropped into the conflict zone overnight for the new alliance and that more than 100 pallets had been collected.

The consignment reportedly comprised small arms, ammunition and grenades.

In the Latakia province the Syrian army has claimed it recaptured several villages with the help of Russian airstrikes.

But the head of al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate the Al Nusra Front has called for retaliation against Moscow for the air offensive.

Abu Mohamed al-Jolani has appealed to jihadists in the Caucasus to attack Russian civilians and soldiers.

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