> The operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from IS has begun, a US-backed, Kurdish and Arab force making the announcement Sunday. Spokesman for the Syria Democratic Forces, saying the self-proclaimed capital of Islamic State will be liberated with US forces providing air cover.>> A warning too, for civilians to stay clear of areas where IS militants are present.
e attack ratchets up pressure on Islamic State, which is also under attack in Iran. Iraqi security forces targeting the last remaining stronghold there, the northern city of Mosul. The latest offensive has been long expected. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter saying last month that both battles should overlap.
France also pushing for simultaneous action, but the fight is said to be long and complicated.