A major U.S.-backed offensive to oust ISIS from its capital of Raqqa, Syria has begun, it was announced early Sunday.
The Kurdish-dominated Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition told a news conference that the goal of the operation, called Angry Euphrates, would be liberating the Syrian city from the militants.
Residents in the city were warned to stay away from gathering places as those will be targets during the operation.
The move to liberate Raqqa was signaled at the end of last month by Defense Secretary Ash Carter in an interview in Paris with NBC News.
The city is the de facto capital of the extremists’ so-called caliphate which stretches from Syria into Iraq.