Fight to drive IS from Syria bastion Raqa nears end

October 10, 2017

A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces monitors Islamic State group positions in Raqa on Oct 8, 2017. (AFP)

US-backed fighters say they are nearing the "final week" of their assault to drive the Islamic State group from its one-time Syrian bastion Raqa, as the jihadists' self-described caliphate crumbles.