Which is worse: ISIS or the war in Syria?

As the battle for the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa heats up, the question is whether the two are in conflict, or if the US is simply seeking to prop up a brutal dictator.

In a bid to control the area, US-backed Syrian government forces are trying to advance on the city from its northern outskirts.

There, they are under the constant threat of ISIS, which controls a large part of the country.

In this week’s issue of BBC News, The Sunday Times explores what has been going on in Syria and the region over the past month.

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As the battle for the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa heats up, the question is whether the two are in…