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Syrian Kurds Face Heavy Fighting in Battle to Retake Raqqa

Kurdish-led Syrian forces, backed by U.S. air power and military advisers, captured a number of Islamic State positions amid heavy fighting Monday north of the IS stronghold of Raqqa. But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there has been "no real progress" so far in the offensive. Islamic State has used as many as five car bombs in defense, Reuters news agency reported. The Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by U.S. air support, announced on Sunday the start of an...

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