Members of the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) arrive on the frontline on the eastern outskirts of Raqqa on July 18, 2017, during the ongoing offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - AFP
WASHINGTON - 11 August 2017: US-backed Kurdish fighters have cleared more than 50 percent of the Daesh group’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, according to military officials.
"Just over 50 percent is now under SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] control," said Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the American-led Operation Inherent Resolve mission in Iraq and Syria, the Military Times reported.
Under US air support, Kurdish fighters have continued to make progress in the embattled city. However, fighting has intensified as the Kurdish militants continue push through.