U.S. says Islamic State's Syria stronghold could be isolated in weeks | Reuters

WASHINGTON The U.S. military said on Wednesday it expects U.S.-backed forces on the ground to nearly isolate Islamic State's Syria stronghold of Raqqa in coming weeks, setting the stage for a push to seize the city. "What we would expect is that within the next few weeks is that the city would be nearly completely isolated and then there will be a decision point to move in," said Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition.

"We're not going to give the exact timing of the effort to seize the city," he said.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; editing by Grant McCool)

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Updated Date: Feb 08, 2017 22:32:23 IST

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