TAL SAMAN, Syria — “Raqqa we are coming” say the words spray-painted in Kurdish at the entrance to this empty little town, which lies on the front line of a U.S.-backed advance toward the ISIS capital. The city of Raqqa is 17 miles away, a tantalizingly short hop to...
Tuz Khurmatu-The front line south of this bleak and dusty town looks much as it did two years ago, when ISIS was the enemy and controlled a village less than a mile away. Now, however, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters holed up behind sandbags and barbed wire are peering...
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