A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) fires a 120 mm mortar round in Raqqa, Syria. File photo/Reuters
A US-backed force and two Syrian activist groups say Daesh militants have carried out an attack in the city of Raqqa in northern Syria.
The early on Wednesday attack targeted a post of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa, which was once the extremists’ de facto capital.
The attack comes as Turkey is expected to launch an offensive against the Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.
The Kurdish fighters say Daesh launched three suicide attacks against its positions in Raqqa. There was no word on casualties.
Raqqa is being Silently Slaughtered, an activist collective, reported an exchange of fire and a blast.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, says the attack involved two Daesh fighters who engaged in a shootout before blowing themselves up.
Damascus said on Thursday it rejects a US-Turkish plan to establish a buffer zone in northern Syria, blaming Syria’s Kurds for the proposal, state media said.
Turkey hopes the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30 kilometres (19 miles) deep, will keep Syrian Kurdish fighters, considered a threat by Turkey but US allies in the fight against the Daesh group, away from its border.
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