US-Backed Kurdish Forces Take 60 Percent Of ISIS' Capital

World | Jonah Bennett
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces keeps guard during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in the old city of Raqqa, Syria, August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra.

ISIS’ old de facto capital is about to fall

ISIS Teaches Militants How To Avoid US White Phosphorus In Latest Magazine

World | Jonah Bennett
Heavy smoke billows following an airstrike on the western frontline of Raqa on July 17, 2017, during an offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a majority Kurdish and Arab alliance, to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters.

‘Russian and American Crusaders are now using it continuously’

Marine Veteran Dies Helping Kurds Battle ISIS

World | Jonah Bennett
Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) run across a street in Raqqa

‘Pops, don’t worry. I’m with the YPG’

US Backed Fighters Now 'Control 40 Percent' Of ISIS Capital

World | Saagar Enjeti
Cpl. Zachery Personett, an infantryman with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gives a thumbs up to a Royal Army of Oman soldier after he cleared a weapons malfunction during a combat marksmanship range as part of Exercise Sea Soldier. During the range, the Marines trained the RAO soldiers in the Marine Corps marksmanship techniques of standing, kneeling and prone firing positions. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security.

ISIS posting children outside their car bomb factories

US Gives ISIS Capital Memorable Fireworks Show

World | Saagar Enjeti
A-10C Thunderbolt II with the 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard conduct close-air support training Nov. 21, 2013, near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Haseltine)

Went after ISIS tactical teams

US-Backed Forces Breach Center Of ISIS 'Capital' In Syria

World | Will Racke
Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) run across a street in Raqqa, Syria July 3, 2017. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

The final stage begins

US Coalition Bombs ISIS 25 Times To Ring In Independence Day

World | Saagar Enjeti
An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Fighter Squadron drops a Guided Bomb Unit-28 during a Combat Hammer mission at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Twelve planes, eighteen pilots, and thirty- crews from the 391st FS travelled down to Hill AFB to participate in the three week weapons system evaluation. Combat Hammer is an air-to-ground Weapons System Evaluation Program maintained by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron. Combat Hammer marked the first of three weeks of evaluation at Hill AFB by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. (Courtesy photo.)

’85 engagements’

Russia Claims It Killed ISIS Leader Baghdadi In Airstrike

World | Jacob Bojesson
This July 5, 2014 photo shows an image grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Furqan Media allegedly showing the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Baghdadi, who on June 29 proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq, purportedly ordered all Muslims to obey him in the video released on social media. In early 2014 the self-styled Islamic State entered the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, declaring it their capital and beginning a reign of terror marked by grisly public executions. Armed sharia police patrolled the streets as "enemies" of the regime were crucified or decapitated, their severed heads impaled on spikes in the city square. Student Abdalaziz Alhamza and his friends decided to form "Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered" (RBSS), a band of courageous citizen journalists who risk their lives to document IS atrocities. AFP/Getty Images.

US can’t confirm report

US-Backed Forces Begin Offensive On ISIS Capital City

World | Will Atkins
FILE PHOTO: Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride on vehicles in the north of Raqqa city, Syria February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo

Coalition forces begin to retake Raqqa

Kurdish Forces With US Arms Prepare For Major Assault On ISIS Capital In A Few Days

World | Jonah Bennett
A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, looks on in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa city, on April 30, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State group's stronghold. US-backed fighters have captured 80 percent of Syria's Tabqa from the Islamic State group, a monitor said on May 1, a week after they first entered the town. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images.

‘The battle will not be easy’

Mattis's All Out Assault On ISIS's Capital Is Just 'Days' Away

Video | Saagar Enjeti

The assault is likely to be a long and bloody slog

Turkey Now Overtly Threatening US Troops In Syria

World | Saagar Enjeti
A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet lands at Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey, August 11, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTX1NXHI

‘A few rockets can hit them’

This Is What Daily Life Looks Like Inside The Islamic State

World | Saagar Enjeti
Could federal prison armory weapons be stolen by terrorists without authorities knowing about it? REUTERS/Stringer

Massive tarps hung up above central Raqqa

Syrian Rebels Call In Airstrike. There Was Just One Big Problem

National Security | Russ Read
An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Kestrels" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transiting the South China Sea April 10, 2017. Picture taken April 10, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Handout via REUTERS

They thought they were hitting an ISIS position

Mattis Quietly Moves Pieces In Place To Crush ISIS Capital

World | Saagar Enjeti
The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), planes arrive at Edwards Air Force Base in California. (REUTERS/Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin Corp)

‘It’s about capabilities not numbers’

ISIS Makes Everyone Dress The Same To Deter US Drone Strikes

World | Saagar Enjeti
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Picture taken June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

‘Putting psychological pressure on residents’

Trump's Entire Anti-ISIS Strategy May Hinge On This One Vote

World | Saagar Enjeti
Cpl. Zachery Personett, an infantryman with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gives a thumbs up to a Royal Army of Oman soldier after he cleared a weapons malfunction during a combat marksmanship range as part of Exercise Sea Soldier. During the range, the Marines trained the RAO soldiers in the Marine Corps marksmanship techniques of standing, kneeling and prone firing positions. Sea Soldier 2017 is an annual, bilateral exercise conducted with the Royal Army of Oman designed to demonstrate the cooperative skill and will of U.S. and partner nations to work together in maintaining regional stability and security.

‘Turkey has two objectives here’

ISIS Leaders Flee Raqqa, Leaving Their Men To Die

World | Russ Read
Fighters of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant carry their weapons during a parade at the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey January 2, 2014. Picture taken January 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yaser Al-Khodor

The ISIS capital is poised to fall

US Builds Up Base In Syria Before Push On ISIS Capital

World | Saagar Enjeti
Four Ospreys from the U.S. Navy Ship (USNS) Charles Drew prepare to taxi on the tarmac of Tacloban airport in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan November 14, 2013. Philippine President Benigno Aquino was under growing pressure on Thursday to speed up the distribution of food, water and medicine to desperate survivors of a powerful typhoon and to revive paralysed local governments. While international relief efforts have picked up, many petrol station owners whose businesses were spared have refused to reopen, leaving little fuel for trucks needed to move supplies and medical teams around the devastated areas nearly a week after Typhoon Haiyan struck. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

‘Increased its force presence’

Mattis's Plan To Retake ISIS Capital Calls For More Troops In Syria

World | Saagar Enjeti

‘Include the use of U.S. attack helicopters’