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Kurds capture key military base from IS in Raqqa

Kurdish forces backed by US-led airstrikes have captured a key military base from Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Syria in the group's self-declared capital of Raqqa.

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Kurds capture key military base from IS in Raqqa
A Kurdish fighter mans a checkpoint at the entrance of the town of Tel Abyad, Raqqa governorate, June 19, 2015
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Kurdish forces backed by US-led airstrikes have captured a key military base from Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Syria in the group's self-declared capital of Raqqa.

According to BBC, the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) was backed by other rebel groups along with US-led airstrikes. The move by Kurdish forces comes a week after they seized a Syrian border crossing with Turkey from the militants.

Kurdish forces now have complete control of the Liwa (Brigade) 93 base that lies in IS-held territory, said a Kurdish spokesman. He added that IS militants have been "defeated".

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