In this Saturday June 22, 2017 photo, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters, prepare for battle against ISIS militants, in Raqqa, northeast Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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The U.S.-led coalition will have "a great deal more" to do in Syria even after defeating Daesh (ISIS) in its northern Raqqa bastion, a deputy commander of the coalition said Sunday.U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon estimates there are around 2,000 Daesh militants in the northern city.Dillon added that the militants are using many of the same tactics employed in the Iraqi city of Mosul, including the use of tunnel networks, vehicle-borne IEDs and drones.But he said in Raqqa, more than in Mosul, the militant group relies more on using civilians, sometimes children, to prevent coalition forces from striking specific areas in the city.Airwars, a London-based collective of journalists and researchers that tracks civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria, says 744 civilians were killed in coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq in the month of June alone.
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