Photos of Raqqa, Syria: US Backed Forces Close In On ISIS

A fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces fires his weapon towards the positions of the Islamic State militants in the National Hospital, at the frontline in Raqqa. Erik De Castro/REUTERS
Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces at the frontline in Raqqa. Erik De Castro/REUTERS
Members of Syrian Democratic Forces take up positions on the rooftop of a house during a battle with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. Erik De Castro/REUTERS
Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces near the stadium in Raqqa. Erik De Castro/REUTERS
An unexploded car bomb is seen on the western frontline of Raqa after its driver was shot by members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), on October 8, 2017. The SDF are battling to clear the last remaining Islamic State (IS) group jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqa.Bulent Kilic/AFP/GETTY
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by US special forces, monitors Islamic State (IS) group positions on the western frontline in Raqa on October 8, 2017. The SDF are battling to clear the last remaining jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqa. Bulent Kilic/AFP/GETTY
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Syrian fighters backed by US special forces, make their way through the rubble on the western frontline of Raqa on October 8, 2017. The SDF are battling to clear the last remaining Islamic State (IS) group jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqa.Bulent Kilic/AFP/GETTY
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Syrian fighters backed by US special forces, take a position inside a building on the eastern frontline of Raqa on October 5, 2017. The SDF has captured about 90 percent of Raqa and is fighting fierce battles with remaining IS jihadists.Bulent Kilic/AFP/REUTERS