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Allies launch final assault on Raqqa, ISIL's self-styled Syrian capital

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By Robert Hackwill
Allies launch final assault on Raqqa, ISIL's self-styled Syrian capital

<p>With the Kurdish <span class="caps">YPG</span> alongside Syrian Democratic Forces and backed by US air power and special forces, the final assault on <br /> <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s capital in Syria, Raqqa, has begun. </p> <p>Fighting is taking place on several fronts, and the east of the city has reportedly been breached. </p> <p>“Morale is high and military readiness to implement the military plan is complete and in coordination with the US-led coalition to fight terrorism,” said <span class="caps">SDF</span> spokesman Talal Sillo.</p> <p>It is estimated some 3000 to 4000 <span class="caps">ISIL</span> fighters are dug in in the city, and it is expected they will fight to the death.</p> <p>Ahead of the assault the city was softened up by repeated airstrikes. On Monday it was reported 21 civilians had died in one air raid.</p>