Focus: Raqqa – July 12, 2017

US troops inside Raqqa, ISIS Syria stronghold: Official – Al Arabiya English

US, allies may increase strikes, surveillance in Raqqa: Official – AP

Presence of children at ISIS car bomb factory prevents U.S. airstrike: Official – CBS News

8,500 SDF fighters trained by US-led coalition to combat ISIS, equipment delivered for 40,000 troops in Syria: official – ARA News

VIDEO: US providing YPG with ‘air cover, drones, weapons’ in Raqqa, say Western fighters – YouTube

VIDEO: Huge US weapons delivery rushed to SDF in Raqqa – almasdarnews.com

Rare photos: Massive US Airbase established in northern Syria, near the provincial border with Raqqa – almasdarnews.com

Seven US bases in Syria’s Kurdish zones – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

Kurdish fighters push towards Raqqa’s city centre while ISIS deploys suicide bombers – almasdarnews.com

Syrian Democratic Forces repels several ISIS attacks In Raqqa – southfront.org

Syrian Observatory: “Euphrates Wrath” Operation Forces control about 35% of Al-Raqqah city’s area and prepare for the conclusive battle – SOHR

Battle to retake Raqqa a desperate house-to-house fight – VOA

At least 400 civilians freed from ISIL in Raqqa – almasdarnews.com

VIDEO: Kurdish assault troops battle ISIS for the heart of Raqqa city – almasdarnews.com

VIDEO: SDF disarmed ISIS mines (IEDs) throughout the city of Raqqa. Local civillians fleeing ISIS areas are often the victims – Afarin Mamosta on Twitter

Americans Robert Grodt and Mark Warden killed fighting ISIS with Kurdish YPG near Raqqa, Syria – CBS News

VIDEOS: Video testimonies of American and British volunteer fighters killed in Syria – WCAI

Deficit of trust between Arabs, Kurds complicates Raqqa battle – VOA

Syrian Observatory: Some Arab Units withdrew from Raqqa battle after disagreements with SDF – SOHR

YPG Kurds are planning to disarm some Syrian Arabs who are also fighting ISIS in Raqqa – Brasco_Aad on Twitter

Video shows U.S. allies in Syria torturing prisoners – thedailybeast.com

Kurds to punish two fighters filmed torturing ISIS militants in Raqqa – ARA News

VIDEO: US allies torturing civilians in Syria’s Raqqah – Anadolu Agency

SDF creates first female Arab battalion to fight ISIS (PHOTOS) – southfront.org

VIDEO: First group of Yezidi women fighters of YJS arrived Raqqa to avenge those enslaved by ISIS – ARnews

Military service now compulsory in SDF areas of Raqqa – Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

PHOTO: Raqqa: Photo shows Arabs who fled from YPG in Northern Raqqa to escape the forced conscription – WorldOnAlert on Twitter

Kurds should participate in drafting Syria’s new constitution, says UN envoy – ARA News

Syrian Observatory says it has ‘confirmed information’ that Islamic State chief is dead – reuters.com

No evidence ISIS leader al-Baghdadi is still alive: Top US General – southfront.org

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