Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, unloaded boxes of ammunition, supplied by the US-led coalition, in a village north of Raqqa on June 7, 2017. / AFP / DELIL SOULEIMAN
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