He said part of the neighbourhood was under SDF control but US-led coalition planes were still carrying out strikes against IS fighters elsewhere in the district, one of the largest in Raqa.
"The Syrian Democratic Forces and their Syrian Arab Coalition partners launched the offensive to unseat ISIS from its so-called "capital" of Raqqa", the coalition said in a statement predicting that the offensive would deliver a "decisive blow" to the Islamic State.
Separately, the Russian military accused the US -led coalition of providing safe corridors for IS fighters to leave the area around Raqqa in an effort to prevent Syrian government forces taking territory. "It raises a question (about) why they do it and what their real goals are".
He called on all parties to provide safe passage to those wishing to leave the city.
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Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said heavy strikes continued on Friday morning as the coalition tried "to undermine ISIS capacity and open the way for the SDF to advance further in the city's east and enter from other fronts".
Al-Meshleb was the first neighbourhood in Raqa city entered by SDF fighters.
SDF fighters were armed mostly with light weapons including Kalashnikovs, and were also returning mortar fire on IS positions.
They have also reportedly dug defensive trenches and tunnels to try to slow the SDF advance. The SDF has been closing in for months with the help of air strikes and special forces from the US -led coalition.
A Pentagon spokesman, Eric Pahon, said "hundreds" of United States military personnel were taking part in the Raqa offensive.
Around 300,000 civilians were believed to have been living under IS rule in Raqqa, although thousands have fled in recent months leaving 160,000 in the city according to the UN. Putting troops physically within a city with an estimated 2,500 ISIS fighters, however, more or less guarantees they'll be involved in ground combat.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said Syrian regime ally Russian Federation helped prevent an escalation in hostilities between the coalition and the pro-regime forces.
Tensions around At-Tanaf have surged as pro-regime forces, including Iranian-backed militias, look to expand their influence.
Surovikin said the U.S-led coalition along with the allied Kurds "collude with the leaders of Daesh, who surrender the areas under their control and head to provinces where Syrian government forces operate".
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He stated the film shows that redemption for the DC universe is possible, and "hits on both a visceral and emotional level". Gal Gadot is remarkable as Diana, with a fierce yet vulnerable quality to her.
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Both Rogers and Coats were uneasy about the request, given that the FBI is conducting an investigation about the matter. The only thing they would say is that they never felt pressured to intervene in the Russian Federation investigation.
Thick clouds, occasional showers, and a northeast (on-shore) breeze will prevent temperatures from going far at all on Tuesday . Pleasant weather sets in for the latter part of the work week with less humidity and highs in the upper 70s to near 80.
Jelena Ostapenko hit a double-fault on set point as Timea Bacsinszky leveled at 1-set apiece in the French Open semifinals. Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland is facing unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Court Philippe Chatrier .
Apple also added a new blinking light, which you can activate via Control Centre, so that your night runs can be a bit safer. Now, when you close one of your Activity rings, there's an animation with some sparkles that gives it more of an effect.
According to LPGA projections, Ko's reign will end this week with either Ryu or Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn taking over. Michelle Wie had a 65 to tie for third at 7 under with Jenny Shin (69), Jacqui Concolino (70) and Jeong Eun Lee (71).
Yet a number of Republicans have been pessimistic about the effort over the past month. "We're ready to land this airplane", Sen. But the Senate bill could face other issues across Capitol Hill if the chamber's leaders keep community rating.
While it's got the same form factor and 27-inch display as the current high-end iMac , the similarities pretty much end there. Nothing to get too excited about, but Apple has been inconsistent with keeping up with the industry, so this is a good step.
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Via twitter , many people have been volunteering their homes and cars for those leaving the area of the blaze. Strong winds and billowing smoke made it hard for the military to use helicopters to help put out the fires.
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In the demonstration shown by Apple this week, the Apple Watch attained information from gym equipment using NFC. We expect to hear more about the next version of Apple's watchOS at WWDC 2017 , which takes place later today.
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