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On the road to retake Raqqa, U.S.-backed forces have surrounded key Syrian town, Pentagon chief says

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The Washington Post U.S.-backed forces fighting in northeastern Syria have encircled a key Syrian town occupied by the Islamic State, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter said last Thursday. Much of their recent fighting has been relegated to northern Syria and, in the months to come, it is unclear how much support they will need to enter and seize Raqqa.

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