Fighters from the Kurdish-Arab alliance, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, prepare for an assault on the ISIS bastion of Raqqa in a village of Aliyah on the outskirts of extremist stronghold on December 10, 2016.
AFP / DELIL SOULEIMAN
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A US-backed alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters announced on Saturday "phase two" of its campaign for ISIS' Syrian bastion of Raqqa.Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officials told AFP that US soldiers would be "on the front lines" of the push for the northern city. Two SDF officials told AFP that US soldiers would be taking part in the offensive "on the front lines" alongside SDF fighters.Backed by coalition air strikes, the SDF has been pushing south from areas near the Turkish border, seizing a string of villages and advancing to within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of the city.
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