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ISIS Digs In, Anticipating Assault on Syria's Raqqa

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    ISIS Digs In, Anticipating Assault on Syria's Raqqa
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    FILE -- In this verified file photo released May 14, 2015 by a militant website, a member of the Islamic State group's vice police known as "Hisba," right, reads a verdict handed down by an Islamic court sentencing many they accused of adultery to lashing, in Raqqa City, Syria. Islamic State militants are barricading down for a possible assault on their de facto capital Raqqa, hiding among civilian homes and preventing anyone from fleeing, as international airstrikes intensify on the Syrian city in the wake of the Paris attacks.

    ISIS militants are bracing themselves for a possible attack on their de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, as international airstrikes intensify, the Associated Press reports.

    Former residents say ISIS fighters are hiding in civilian neighborhoods and are preventing people from fleeing.

    With Russian and French warplanes striking daily, the city’s people are afraid they will have nowhere to go — especially now as a ground invasion by U.S.-allied Kurdish and Arab forces looms, according to the Associated Press.

    Iraqi intelligence told The Associated Press the operation was planned in Raqqa, where attackers were trained with the intention of going to France.

    After ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people, there have been calls for stronger action in Syria.