The road to Raqqa is now blocked by U.S. forces and their allies. The
chances that Raqqa (and the surrounding region) will be returned to
Syria are now slim to none. Foreign armies and their proxies are
sharpening their carving knives.
U.S. Special Forces and Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters have
just captured a "strategic air base" from Islamic State in northern
Syria; in doing so, they have also "blocked" the advance of the Syrian Army as it approaches Raqqa from the west:
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on
Sunday that they captured the Tabqa air base, 45km west of Raqqa, the
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group's de facto capital in
Earlier this week, US forces airlifted SDF fighters behind
ISIL lines to allow them to launch the Tabqa assault, and on Friday the
alliance reached one of the dam's entrances.
SDF forces were within 10km of Raqqa from the north, and aimed to effectively surround the city before launching an assault.
Not even supposed to be in Syria. Go figure.