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Syrian government troops backed by Russian air power moved to within 25 km (15 miles) of an ISIS-held town in Raqqa province on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as state media reported air strikes against the extremists in the area.In a separate simultaneous campaign against ISIS in Syria, U.S.-backed militias captured more territory from the group near the city of Manbij in Aleppo province, a spokesman for the forces told Reuters. The Syrian army's advance into Raqqa province, which has not been announced by the military, is initially targeting the ISIS-held town of Tabqa, according to the Observatory and pro-Damascus media sources.Syrian state-run TV station Ikhbariya said on Tuesday the Syrian air force had targeted ISIS positions south of Tabqa in the Rasafa area, destroying vehicles equipped with machine guns.
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