SYR­IAN TROOPS REACH RAQQA PROV­INCE, IS FIGHT­ING ON 4 FRONTS

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BEIRUT— Syr­ian troops reached the edge of the north­ern prov­ince of Raqqa on Satur­day, home to the de- facto cap­i­tal of the Is­lamic State ( IS) group’s self- styled caliphate, in a push that leaves the ex­trem­ists fight­ing fierce bat­tles on four fronts in Syria and neigh­bor­ing Iraq. IS, which con­trols large swaths of ter­ri­tory in both coun­tries, is fight­ing Syr­ian troops, US- backed fight­ers and op­po­si­tion mil­i­tants in north­ern Syria and is fac­ing an of­fen­sive by Iraqi gov­ern­ment forces on their strong­hold of Fal­lu­jah. The Syr­ian gov­ern­ment has had no pres­ence in Raqqa since Au­gust 2014, when IS cap­tured the Tabqa air base and killed scores of gov­ern­ment sol­diers. The provin­cial cap­i­tal, Raqqa, be­came the mil­i­tants’ first city.

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