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Under Fire, Islamic State Struggles to Keep Raqqa Stronghold

Under heavy bombardment by both the U.S.-led coalition and Russian warplanes supporting the Syrian government, Islamic State militants appear to be struggling to keep control of their stronghold in northeast Syria, the strategically important city of Raqqa. According to local activists, media reports and news accounts, the extremist fighters are taking desperate measures to keep hold onto Raqqa, a city of approximately 400,000 people that became the Islamic State's de-facto capital...

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