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ISIS Appears to Lose Ground in Fight for Its Raqqa Base

The Islamic State appeared to suffer an important setback on Monday when American-backed militia fighters in Syria seized the main route that connects Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital, to its territory in southeastern Deir al-Zour Province.

The development essentially severed the last remaining access for supply deliveries to Raqqa and may have eliminated an escape route for Islamic State fighters.

Syrian government forces lost control of Raqqa in 2013 to the opposition,

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