British de­fense sec­re­tary re­ports progress in Syria:

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Western-backed Syr­ian forces should have fully encircled the Is­lamic State’s de facto cap­i­tal in Syria “by the spring” be­fore an of­fen­sive on the city it­self, British De­fense Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon said. The Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces, which in­cludes the pow­er­ful Syr­ian Kur­dish YPG mili­tia, launched the cam­paign on Raqqa in Novem­ber. It an­nounced this month the start of a new phase in the of­fen­sive, aim­ing to com­plete its en­cir­clement of the city and cut off the road to the mil­i­tants’ strong­hold in Deir alZour, south­east of Raqqa.

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