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.

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

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

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

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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