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U.S.-Led Coalition Expects To Drive ISIS Out of Raqqa 'Within Weeks'

( [email protected] ) Oct 13, 2015 08:34 AM EDT
An attack to drive Islamic State from its Syrian base of operations in Raqqa is expected within weeks, the head of one of the militia expected to take part in the U.S.-backed operation was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
Civil defense members put out the flames on a burning military vehicle at a base controlled by rebel fighters from the Ahrar al-Sham Movement, that was targeted by what activists said were Russian airstrikes at Hass ancient cemeteries in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria October 1, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

An attack to drive Islamic State from its Syrian base of operations in Raqqa is expected within weeks, the head of one of the militia expected to take part in the U.S.-backed operation was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Sipan Hamo, head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, told the London-based al-Hayat newspaper that contacts were underway with the U.S.-led coalition to set "zero hour" for the operation.

The YPG is part of a military alliance including Syrian Arab groups that were air dropped small arms and ammunition by U.S. forces in northeastern Syria on Sunday. The airdrop is part of a revamped U.S. strategy announced last week to help rebels in Syria battling Islamic State.

 

(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Dominic Evans)