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US-backed SDF to launch offensive to retake Raqqa: The final phase in a battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group in the Syrian city of Raqqa will begin on Sunday night, a rebel spokesman has told Al Jazeera.

“We do not know how long it will take, but we don’t think that it will be a long battle,” Talal Silo, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, told Al Jazeera on Sunday.

“What will take time is clearing the city from the booby traps and landmines placed by ISIL fighters,” said Silo, estimating that some 400-500 ISIL (also known as ISIS) fighters remained in the city, formerly the de facto capital of the group for three years.

He added that “about 90 percent of the city has already been liberated”.

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US-backed SDF to launch offensive to retake Raqqa: The final phase in a battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group in the Syrian city of Raqqa will begin on Sunday night, a rebel spokesman has told Al Jazeera. “We do not know how long it will take, but we don’t think that it will be a long battle,” Talal Silo, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, told Al Jazeera on Sunday.”What will take time is clearing the city from the booby traps and landmines placed by ISIL fighters,” said Silo, estimating that some 400-500 ISIL (also known as ISIS) fighters remained in the city, formerly the de facto capital of the group for three years.He added that “about 90 percent of the city has already been liberated”.US-backed SDF to launch offensive to retake Raqqa: The final phase in a battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group in the Syrian city of Raqqa will begin on Sunday night, a rebel spokesman has told Al Jazeera. “We do not know how long it will take, but we don’t think that it will be a long battle,” Talal Silo, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, told Al Jazeera on Sunday.