Within the first week of the US-backed coalition’s operation to take
Raqqa, at least 300 civilians were killed, while many speculate that the
actual figure is much higher. The loss
of life has largely been due to the coalition’s indiscriminate bombings
of the area and its use of chemical weapons, particularly white
phosphorus. These bombings and the coalition use of chemical weapons
have also forced 160,000 civilians to flee Raqqa. Thus, in just one
week, Raqqa lost the vast majority of its population, which prior to the
conflict in Syria stood at
around 220,000 -- all in the interest of partitioning Raqqa for Washington and Israel's geopolitical interests.
The loosely-knit coalition of Syrian rebel groups known as the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF), are armed, trained and backed by the U.S. The
group is currently engaged in the early stages of battle in the ISIS
stronghold of Raqqa, Syria.