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Britain aiding operation to drive IS from Raqqa

7 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago November 06, 2016 Nov 6, 2016 Sunday, November 06 2016 November 06, 2016 12:06 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow
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BEIRUT - Britain is providing aerial surveillance to help a newly launched offensive against the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group's self-described caliphate.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon says the Royal Air Force "will support the Raqqa operation as it develops." He said the "sophisticated surveillance effort" would give the coalition a vital edge in Syria.

A Syrian Kurdish-led force which is backed by U.S.-led air power announced an operation to retake Raqqa earlier Sunday.

Fallon also said UK strikes are "making a difference" in the sustained assault against IS in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, where Iraqi forces launched a major operation last month to drive out the extremists.

The two cities are the largest controlled by the extremist group.

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