Conflict & Justice

Is Syria 'the war of our time, a humanitarian test of our time?'

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Fighting continues in Syria, where Kurdish troops from the People's Protection Units are facing down ISIS militants in Raqqa, Syria. 

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Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Syria's grinding seven-year war seems to have entered a new, and perhaps final stage. 

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Momentum is on the side of the Syrian troops backed by President Bashar al-Assad, as their forces push into ISIS territory on eastern fronts. That's sending the ISIS fighters retreating into their strongholds in the cities of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, leaving some midsized towns like Suknah free of ISIS militants. 

Although the Syrian government restricts access to much of the country, including the front lines, occasionally a journalist is permitted to travel with the army. 

That's how the BBC's Lyse Doucet made her way to Suknah with Syrian government commanders. 

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