US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of armed groups, are closing in on the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa about a week after they captured the strategic town of Tabqa.

Residents who fled from the fighting or returned to Tabqa have talked to Al Jazeera about their horrific experiences.

Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from the bordering Turkish city of Gaziantep.

Middle East, War & Conflict