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Battle for Islamic State's de facto capital

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep guard at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep guard at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep guard at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A banner belonging to Islamic States fighters is seen during a battle with member of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A banner belonging to Islamic States fighters is seen during a battle with member of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A banner belonging to Islamic States fighters is seen during a battle with member of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep guard at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep guard at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep guard at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps guard as his comrades run to hide in front of the Islamic State's fighters position in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps guard as his comrades run to hide in front of the Islamic State's fighters position in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps guard as his comrades run to hide in front of the Islamic State's fighters position in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An armored vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An armored vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An armored vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces take position during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces take position during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces take position during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks down the stairs of a damaged building during fights with Islamic State in Hisham Bin Abdelmalik, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks down the stairs of a damaged building during fights with Islamic State in Hisham Bin Abdelmalik, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks down the stairs of a damaged building during fights with Islamic State in Hisham Bin Abdelmalik, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps guard as his comrades run to hide in front of the Islamic State fighters position in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps guard as his comrades run to hide in front of the Islamic State fighters position in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps guard as his comrades run to hide in front of the Islamic State fighters position in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps watch in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps watch in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps watch in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces rear guard while their comrade advances toward Islamic State's position in Hisham Bin Abdelmalik, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces rear guard while their comrade advances toward Islamic State's position in Hisham Bin Abdelmalik, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces rear guard while their comrade advances toward Islamic State's position in Hisham Bin Abdelmalik, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Internally displaced children who fled Raqqa play with a makeshift truck at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Internally displaced children who fled Raqqa play with a makeshift truck at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Internally displaced children who fled Raqqa play with a makeshift truck at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An armored vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured during fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An armored vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured during fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An armored vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured during fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A woman who fled Deir Ezzor stands beside a truck at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A woman who fled Deir Ezzor stands beside a truck at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A woman who fled Deir Ezzor stands beside a truck at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Syrian Democratic Forces sniper aims his weapon during fighting with Islamic State militants in Imru' al-Qais, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Syrian Democratic Forces sniper aims his weapon during fighting with Islamic State militants in Imru' al-Qais, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Syrian Democratic Forces sniper aims his weapon during fighting with Islamic State militants in Imru' al-Qais, a district of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of Syrian Democratic Forces gestures during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Imru' al-Qais, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of Syrian Democratic Forces gestures during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Imru' al-Qais, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of Syrian Democratic Forces gestures during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Imru' al-Qais, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An officer of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured at their advance post as he talks through his walkie-talkie with his soldiers on the ground, in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An officer of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured at their advance post as he talks through his walkie-talkie with his soldiers on the ground, in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An officer of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured at their advance post as he talks through his walkie-talkie with his soldiers on the ground, in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces shoots to detonate a mine found on the road during fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces shoots to detonate a mine found on the road during fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces shoots to detonate a mine found on the road during fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces try to locate an Islamic State sniper in Al Senaa, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces try to locate an Islamic State sniper in Al Senaa, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces try to locate an Islamic State sniper in Al Senaa, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks past graffiti at their advance post in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks past graffiti at their advance post in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks past graffiti at their advance post in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Syrian Democratic Forces are seen in Raqqa. 

REUTERS/ Rodi Said

Syrian Democratic Forces are seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/ Rodi Said

Syrian Democratic Forces are seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/ Rodi Said
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A U.S. military demining vehicle leads a convoy on the main road in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A U.S. military demining vehicle leads a convoy on the main road in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A U.S. military demining vehicle leads a convoy on the main road in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Smoke rises from Raqqa, as the Syrian Democratic Force battles Islamic State for control of the city.


REUTERS/ Rodi Said

Smoke rises from Raqqa, as the Syrian Democratic Force battles Islamic State for control of the city. REUTERS/ Rodi Said

Smoke rises from Raqqa, as the Syrian Democratic Force battles Islamic State for control of the city. REUTERS/ Rodi Said
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Syrian Democratic Forces are seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/ Rodi Said

Syrian Democratic Forces are seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/ Rodi Said

Syrian Democratic Forces are seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/ Rodi Said
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A military vehicle from Syrian Democratic Force is seen in Raqqa. 


REUTERS/Rodi Said

A military vehicle from Syrian Democratic Force is seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A military vehicle from Syrian Democratic Force is seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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A damaged building is seen in Raqqa city. 



REUTERS/ Rodi Said

A damaged building is seen in Raqqa city. REUTERS/ Rodi Said

A damaged building is seen in Raqqa city. REUTERS/ Rodi Said
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People are seen fleeing Raqqa on the back of a truck. REUTERS/ Rodi Said

People are seen fleeing Raqqa on the back of a truck. REUTERS/ Rodi Said

People are seen fleeing Raqqa on the back of a truck. REUTERS/ Rodi Said
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A fighter from Syrian Democratic Force is seen makes tea inside a house in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A fighter from Syrian Democratic Force is seen makes tea inside a house in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A fighter from Syrian Democratic Force is seen makes tea inside a house in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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