30 June, 2017
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, say they have now sealed off escape routes to the south.
Turkey's military says it has returned fire after a cross-border attack by Syrian Kurdish forces.
Inside the city, Kurdish fighters have reached the northernmost part of the Rafiqa wall - an ancient wall surrounding the old city of Raqqa, built during the Abbasid Caliphate.
Activists said that airstrike was carried out by the USA -led coalition.
A U.S. State Department official said McGurk visits Iraq and Syria often to discuss humanitarian and stabilization assistance, and to "coordinate between our military and civilian initiatives, as well as post-liberation governance for areas liberated" from IS.
That could mean that the valley, with so many competing factions fighting in it, could be divided into even smaller zones where U.S., Syria and Russian forces would restrict their operations, he said.
Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized Sunday the USA -led coalition's support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the YPG, saying that these moves contradict the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance. The footage was reportedly taken outside the ISIS-held city of Raqqa in Syria.
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The SDF announced the creation of the Raqqa Civil Council in April to replace militant rule in a city that has for three years been Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the initial toll at 30 dead. In mid-June the USA shot down a Syrian warplane after it was accused of attacking the SDF.
The jail reportedly contained civilian prisoners as well as jailed members of the terrorist group. "The pressure is going down [since the warplane was shot down] and is de-escalated in the battle space and we are able to focus on our number one mission".
Top on the list of priorities is defeating ISIS in its Syrian capital of Raqqa.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey would not flinch from taking tougher action against the YPG in Syria if Turkey believed it needed to.
The militant group has lost swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, and is under siege in its de facto Syrian capital at Raqqa as US -backed forces press an assault to capture the city.
IS has suffered a series of setbacks in recent months at the hands of an array of Syrian and Iraqi forces.