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 Raqa on June 7, 2017. / AFP / DELIL SOULEIMAN
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A U.S.-backed alliance broke into the western part of ISIS' stronghold Raq1a on Saturday, the force and a monitor said, opening up a second front inside the Syrian city.Backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces have spent months tightening the noose on ISIS-held Raqqa and entered the city for the first time earlier this week from the east.The SDF -- an Arab-Kurdish alliance formed in 2015 -- launched its campaign to capture Raqqa in November and chipped away at ISIS territory around the city's north, west, and east.
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