- A large-scale attack has just been launched by U.S. allied troops to overtake the ISIS capital of Raqqa.
- Over 25,000 forces were involved in the operation.
- ISIS has had control of Raqqa since 2014.
U.S.-allied forces in Syria launched a large-scale offensive on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday, the group said.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, an umbrella group including Kurdish and Arab fighters, said on the social network that it launched a three-pronged attack on the extremists’ de facto capital.
SDF’s commanders Rojda Felat told NBC News that 25,000 Kurdish forces were involved in the operation.
Kurdish media organization Rudaw reported the “massive” assault also included the Kurdish People’s Protection Units — known as the YPG — which is a secular Kurdish force fighting ISIS in the country.
ISIS has made Raqqa the seat of the caliphate it declared in June 2014. Situated on the Euphrates river, the northern-central city is 100 miles east of Aleppo and 130 miles west of the Iraqi border.
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The offensive comes two days after an unannounced visit to Syria by Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who visited some of the 200 U.S. military advisers helping to battle ISIS, according to The Associated Press.
Source: NBC News