Raqqa, Syria

Toil and Rub­ble

Newsweek International - - CONTENT - BULENT KILIC

A Syr­ian fighter walks through de­bris near the east­ern front lines on Septem­ber 25. Backed by U.S. special forces, a coali­tion known as the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces is close to oust­ing mil­i­tants loyal to the Is­lamic State group from the crum­bling city. The ISIS ji­hadis are us­ing hostages, snipers and booby traps to slow their ad­ver­saries. As one Syr­ian rebel com­man­der told Reuters: “Right now, there’s no ad­vanc­ing.”

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