- Title: Syrian rebels retake village in operation against Islamic State-held Raqqa
- Date: 11th November 2016
- Summary: NEAR AIN ISSA, SYRIA (NOVEMBER 11, 2016) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS) SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES (SDF) FIGHTERS STAND ON ROOF TOP, HOLDING WEAPONS AND USING BINOCULARS, IN AREA OF VILLAGE OF AL HEESHA AL SUGHRA VARIOUS OF LARGE SMOKE AND DUST PLUME RISING IN DISTANCE, HOUSES IN FOREGROUND LARGE SMOKE PLUME RISES IN DISTANCE / AUDIO OF EXPLOSION VARIOUS OF SDF FIGHTERS STANDING AND TALKING DARK PLUME OF SMOKE RISES INTO AIR FROM BUILDING IN DISTANCE SDF SOLDIER STANDS, OTHER SOLDIERS STANDING INSIDE VEHICLE, MAN DRIVING VEHICLE DRIVING ALONG DIRT ROAD VARIOUS OF ARMOURED VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN ARMED SDF SOLDIERS STANDING TALKING ARMED SDF SOLDIERS SITTING IN SHADE TALKING AND DRINKING TEA SDF SOLDIER LISTENING TO RADIO VARIOUS OF SDF SOLDIERS GREETING EACH OTHER, STANDING TALKING SDF SOLDIERS WALKING NEAR BUILDING VARIOUS OF HOUSES OF AL HEESHA AL SUGHRA AGRICULTURE WATER CHANNEL
- Embargoed: 26th November 2016 18:37
- Keywords: Syrian Democratic Forces retake village Al-Heesha al Sughra Islamic State Ein Issa Raqqa
- Location: NEAR AIN ISSA, SYRIA
- City: NEAR AIN ISSA, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA00158046YV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rebel group secured the village of al-Heesha al Sughra on Friday (November 11) as part of their offensive to drive Islamic State (IS) out of Raqqa, according to video obtained by Reuters.
The village, south of Ain Issa, is some 30-35 kilometres (18.6-21.7 miles approx.) north of Raqqa.
Dubbed "Euphrates Anger", the offensive was launched by the SDF from Ain Issa, an alliance which includes the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and some Arab groups on Saturday (November 5) and aims to retake Raqqa, the militants' de facto capital in Syria.
It should add to the pressure on IS as it faces a major assault on its Iraqi bastion of Mosul.
Raqqa is the Syrian bastion of Islamic State, from where it runs training camps and directs operations. The group has been overseeing civilian life in the city including bakeries, banks, schools and mosques.
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