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Syrian Syriac Christian men carry on December 23, 2016 the coffin of a fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces, who was killed during battles with the Islamic State group (IS) in the west of the city of Raqa, during his funeral ceremony in the Kurdish majority city of Qamishli. On December 10, the SDF announced "phase two" of its campaign against IS's de facto Syrian capital of Raqa some 50 kilometres east of Tabqa in the same province. The alliance has since captured dozens of villages and hamlets, the Observatory says, after taking 700 square kilometres (270 square miles) from the jihadists in a first phase of the assault from November 5. / AFP / DELIL SOULEIMAN (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian Syriac Christian men carry on December 23, 2016 the coffin of a fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces, who was killed during battles with the Islamic State group (IS) in the west of the city of Raqa, during his funeral ceremony in the Kurdish majority city of Qamishli.
On December 10, the SDF announced "phase two" of its campaign against IS's de facto Syrian capital of Raqa some 50 kilometres east of Tabqa in the same province. The alliance has since captured dozens of villages and hamlets, the Observatory says, after taking 700 square kilometres (270 square miles) from the jihadists in a first phase of the assault from November 5. / AFP / DELIL SOULEIMAN        (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)