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U.S. Special Operations Forces working with a widening array of partners are slowly tightening their squeeze on Daesh (ISIS) fighters in eastern Syria – moving toward an eventual assault on the jihadis' self-declared capital of Raqqa.Sources say that over the past 18 months, U.S. drone strikes and other direct actions have killed close to 100 Daesh militants who had made contact with volunteers abroad to plan attacks in the U.S. or other Western countries.The campaign in eastern Syria is directed by about 50 U.S. Special Operations Forces now on the ground there, joined by about 20 French and perhaps a dozen British commandos. They're working with about 40,000 Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters dubbed the Syrian Democratic Forces; all but about 7,000 are from the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG.U.S. commanders hope soon to augment the American ground force in Syria to about 300 troops who can train and assist these fighters. Overall, the recent battles have killed between 75 and 100 fighters backed by the U.S. and wounded 250 to 300 .
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