Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand on their military vehicle in northern Deir al-Zor province ahead of an offensive against Islamic State militants

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance has crossed into Deir Ezzor province for the first time as part of an offensive against ISIS terrorists.

The advance into the province, which is almost entirely under the ultra-hardline group’s control, is part of an operation to encircle and ultimately capture its de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa in the North of the country. One aim of the campaign is to cut ISIS supply lines from Raqqa to Deir al-Zor province. The forces have reportedly advanced around 35 km

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