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The Syrian Democratic Forces announced a military campaign against Daesh (ISIS) at the end of May, aiming to gain control of the northern countryside of Raqqa.Similarly, the notion of assaulting Raqqa with forces comprised mostly (especially in the eastern Euphrates valley) of Kurds could pose a significant risk in terms of ethnic sensitivities, especially following reports published by human rights groups about the Kurdish forces committing violations against and displacing residents of Tal Abyad and the surrounding countryside.Daesh would still hold major pockets in the north and south of the city from which attacks could be launched on Raqqa.All of these factions are acting in the name of the fight against terrorism and overthrowing Daesh, including the Syrian regime and its allies, who moved on the city of Tabqa at the beginning of June, as well as opposition factions and extremist groups such as the Nusra Front, which clashed with Kurdish forces after the outbreak of the civil war.If these smaller wars break out after Raqqa is liberated, it is highly possible that the SDF will be in a position of weakness after having depleted both their energy and their resources in liberating the city. The SDF also lacks heavy, advanced weapons, which would allow them to fight the tanks and planes possessed by other parties to the conflict in Syria.
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