Kurdish forces dig in just outside ISIS headquarters in Raqqa

When Bahoz heard the blasts, he guessed they must have come from French jets. There were 14 of them, all around the time that President Francois Hollande said France had started bombing Raqqa.

The capital of ISIS’s self-declared caliphate is eerily close to Bahoz’s position. A fighter with the Kurdish YPG units, he sits on a series of outposts along a lengthy earth trench that is essentially the front line with Raqqa — about 20 miles away, across flat, hostile ground.

“Three days ago we saw 14 airstrikes suddenly hit just nearby, and then the French said they’d started bombing,” he told CNN, when we were given rare access to his position near the town of Ayn al Issa.

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