The head of the French defense Ministry announced the start of the assault on Raqqa

Jean-Yves Le Drian

The French Minister of defense Jean-Yves Le Drian said the operation to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa fighters from the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) will start soon. About it reports Reuters.

“It will be a very tough battle, which is of great importance,” — said the Minister.

On 22 March it became known that in the province of raqqa were planted American troops. Sources in the leadership of the Kurdish-Arab coalition “of the Syrian democratic forces” (SDF) reported that the operation was attended by about 100 us special forces and thousands of fighters SDF. The Pentagon is still the presence of its troops is not confirmed: according to official representative of the U.S. Department of defense major Adrian Rankin of Galloway, landed SDF troops, and the Americans are responsible for fire cover.

The purpose of the operation — the capture of the strategically important town of Tabqa in the hands of militants in 2013, and the adjacent Saur dam. This will allow the troops to join the main forces SDF and begin the assault on Raqqa.

Raqqa — a city in Northern Syria, was captured by the terrorists of ISIS in 2014 and is considered the unofficial capital of the group.