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Battle for Raqqa

A sniper of the Syrian Democratic Forces aims his weapon during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa, Syria. 


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A sniper of the Syrian Democratic Forces aims his weapon during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A sniper of the Syrian Democratic Forces aims his weapon during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa, Syria. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. 


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Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces who broke his leg during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters reacts while being bandaged by his comrade in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces who broke his leg during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters reacts while being bandaged by his comrade in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces who broke his leg during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters reacts while being bandaged by his comrade in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces moves from house to house to hide from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces moves from house to house to hide from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces moves from house to house to hide from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A baby bed is seen inside the damaged building during the fighting betwen the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A baby bed is seen inside the damaged building during the fighting betwen the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A baby bed is seen inside the damaged building during the fighting betwen the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces moves from house to house to hide from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces moves from house to house to hide from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces moves from house to house to hide from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A boy walks past a sign which reads 'Islamic State in Iraq and Syria' as fighting continues between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa.


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A boy walks past a sign which reads 'Islamic State in Iraq and Syria' as fighting continues between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A boy walks past a sign which reads 'Islamic State in Iraq and Syria' as fighting continues between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces moves from house to house to hide from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces moves from house to house to hide from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces moves from house to house to hide from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces aims his gun during the battle with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces aims his gun during the battle with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces aims his gun during the battle with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An injured member of the Syrian Democratic Forces holds his walkie talkie as he hides from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. 


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An injured member of the Syrian Democratic Forces holds his walkie talkie as he hides from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An injured member of the Syrian Democratic Forces holds his walkie talkie as he hides from Islamic State's sniper in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps watch during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps watch during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps watch during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep watch during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. 


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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep watch during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep watch during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An internally displaced woman, who fled Raqqa, looks at her child resting on her lap at a makeshift refugees camp in Tawayneh, west of Raqqa. 


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An internally displaced woman, who fled Raqqa, looks at her child resting on her lap at a makeshift refugees camp in Tawayneh, west of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An internally displaced woman, who fled Raqqa, looks at her child resting on her lap at a makeshift refugees camp in Tawayneh, west of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. 


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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A banner belonging to Islamic States fighters is seen during a battle with member of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. 


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A banner belonging to Islamic States fighters is seen during a battle with member of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A banner belonging to Islamic States fighters is seen during a battle with member of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Member of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. 

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A Member of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Member of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep guard at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. 


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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep guard at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces keep guard at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. 


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Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces take position during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa. 


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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces take position during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces take position during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps watch as he sits in front of the Islamic State fighters position in Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps watch as he sits in front of the Islamic State fighters position in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps watch as he sits in front of the Islamic State fighters position in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks down the stairs of a damaged building during fights with Islamic State fighters in Hisham Bin Abdelmalik, a district of Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks down the stairs of a damaged building during fights with Islamic State fighters in Hisham Bin Abdelmalik, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks down the stairs of a damaged building during fights with Islamic State fighters in Hisham Bin Abdelmalik, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An internally displaced boy who fled Raqqa is pictured at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa. 


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An internally displaced boy who fled Raqqa is pictured at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An internally displaced boy who fled Raqqa is pictured at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An internally displaced girl who fled Raqqa is pictured at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa. 


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An internally displaced girl who fled Raqqa is pictured at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An internally displaced girl who fled Raqqa is pictured at a camp in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces shoots to detonate a mine found on their road during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces shoots to detonate a mine found on their road during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces shoots to detonate a mine found on their road during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Syrian Democratic Forces sniper aims his weapon during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Imru' al-Qais, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Syrian Democratic Forces sniper aims his weapon during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Imru' al-Qais, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Syrian Democratic Forces sniper aims his weapon during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Imru' al-Qais, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An armoured vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. 


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An armoured vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An armoured vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured during the fighting with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Kahran, 17, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured with his homemade grenade during fighting with Islamic state in Al Senaa, a district of Raqqa. 


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Kahran, 17, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured with his homemade grenade during fighting with Islamic state in Al Senaa, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Kahran, 17, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces is pictured with his homemade grenade during fighting with Islamic state in Al Senaa, a district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A people protection unit (YPG) fighter takes a selfie in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A people protection unit (YPG) fighter takes a selfie in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A people protection unit (YPG) fighter takes a selfie in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An officer of the Syrian Democratic Forces is picyured at their advance post as he talks through his walkie- talkie with his soldiers on the ground, in the old city of Raqqa. 


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An officer of the Syrian Democratic Forces is picyured at their advance post as he talks through his walkie- talkie with his soldiers on the ground, in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An officer of the Syrian Democratic Forces is picyured at their advance post as he talks through his walkie- talkie with his soldiers on the ground, in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Zarima (R) from Chechnya, wife of a former Islamic State fighter, is pictured as she holds her daughter at a camp for displaced people in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa. 


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Zarima (R) from Chechnya, wife of a former Islamic State fighter, is pictured as she holds her daughter at a camp for displaced people in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Zarima (R) from Chechnya, wife of a former Islamic State fighter, is pictured as she holds her daughter at a camp for displaced people in Ain Issa, north of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces stands as he prepares to advance toward Islamic State positions in Seif Al Dawla district of Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces stands as he prepares to advance toward Islamic State positions in Seif Al Dawla district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces stands as he prepares to advance toward Islamic State positions in Seif Al Dawla district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks past graffiti at their advance post in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks past graffiti at their advance post in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks past graffiti at their advance post in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Member of the Syrian Democratic Forces aim his weapon as he advances toward Islamic state position in the old city of Raqqa. 


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A Member of the Syrian Democratic Forces aim his weapon as he advances toward Islamic state position in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Member of the Syrian Democratic Forces aim his weapon as he advances toward Islamic state position in the old city of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces advance toward Islamic State positions in Seif Al Dawla, district of Raqqa. 


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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces advance toward Islamic State positions in Seif Al Dawla, district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces advance toward Islamic State positions in Seif Al Dawla, district of Raqqa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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