US-backed Syrian forces launch offensive to retake Raqqa from Isis

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Operation to recapture Islamic State ‘capital’ expected to be long and bloody and may mark turning point in war

A US-backed Syrian force says it has begun an offensive to capture the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State, after months of clearing operations.

Raqqa was among the first cities captured by Isis, in January 2014, and has been home to some of the group’s most prominent leaders, including those who planned the November 2015 Paris attacks and other international assaults. The battle for the city is expected to be long and bloody, and could mark a turning point in the war against the extremists.

Related: ‘Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa’: the women fighting Isis

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