17 June 2015. Emboldened by the recapture of Tal Abyad, the Syrian Kurdish alliance said Tuesday that its next target is Raqqa, Islamic State’s main stronghold in Syria about 50 miles south of Tal Abyad. The capture of Tal Abyad, used by IS as a gateway from Turkey to its de facto capital Raqa city, was “the biggest setback to IS since it announced its caliphate one year ago”.

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