The U.S.-led coalition has said a local council formed by the SDF will govern Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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A month into the battle to capture Daesh's (ISIS) self-styled capital, U.S-backed Syrian forces have encircled the militants inside Raqqa, breached their fortified defenses and inched closer to the heart of the city.Although a fraction the size of Iraq's Mosul, Raqqa's urban warfare may prove as grueling, and those fighting the extremists risk being dragged into side battles with other groups in Syria's complex civil war.Another issue is who will run Raqqa once the militants are driven out.The coalition last week estimated some 2,500 militants remain in Raqqa.Last year's battle for the northern town of Manbij, which is half the size of Raqqa but was an important transit hub for Daesh, lasted over two months and ended with the militants retreating with hundreds of civilians as hostages.Since June 6, SDF fighters have waged assaults on Raqqa from the east, west and north, seizing around 20 percent of its districts.An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 civilians are believed to still be in Raqqa, caught in the crossfire.The Observatory reported 224 civilians have been killed by airstrikes, including 38 children, 28 women and one of its own activists. Fighting and airstrikes also killed 311 Daesh militants, while the SDF lost 106 fighters.
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