The American coalition under US leadership attacked 24 seperate locations today. The Syrian losses included soldiers, artillery with aircraft being the method of attack upon the Assad forces.

A US-backed Syrian force says it has begun an offensive to capture the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS after months of clearing operations.

Raqqa was one of ISIS first victories in January 2014, and has been home to some of the group’s most prominent leaders, including those who planned the November 2015 Paris attacks and other international assaults. The battle for the city is expected to be long and bloody, and could mark a turning point in the war against the extremists.

Talal Sillo, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told reporters that operations had begun in coordination with the US-led coalition.

“We declare today the beginning of the great battle to liberate the city of Raqqa, the alleged capital of terrorism and terrorists,” Sillo told a news conference held in northern Syria. “Morale is high and military readiness to implement the military plan is complete, in coordination with the US-led coalition.”

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