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In Syria, a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance has seized new territory west of the Islamic State group's bastion Raqa, bringing it closer to a final attack on the city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said the alliance captured the town of Mansura late Friday and the adjacent Baath Dam on Euphrates river, west of Raqa, today.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the alliance said a U.S.-backed operation by Syrian forces to capture Raqqa from Islamic State will start in the coming few days.


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