Tuesday, 17 October 2017

IS 'capital', Raqqa reportedly Falls to US-backed Syrian forces

A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters has reportedly taken over control of Raqqa, ending 3-years of rule in the city by the Islamic State, BBC report.

Talal Sello, spokesperson for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the fighting was over following four-month assault.

He added that clearing operations were now under way to fish out any jihadist sleeper cells and remove landmines.

Meanwhile, a US military spokesman later reportedly said he could only confirm that about 90% of the city had been cleared.

Islamic State (IS) made Raqqa the headquarters of its self-styled "caliphate" in early 2014, puuting into practice an extreme interpretation of Islamic law and using beheadings, crucifixions and torture to terrorise person(s) who opposed its rule.

Also, the city became home to thousands of jihadists from around the world who heeded a call to migrate there by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Get the detail report here.

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