Daesh Militants Withdrawing from Raqqa Stronghold: Pentagon

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WASHINGTON — Employees of the Daesh terrorist group, aka ISIS, are fleeing their stronghold of Raqqa in north eastern Syria as a US-led coalition intensified a campaign to retake the city, according to the Pentagon.

"Many of their bosses and employees are now leaving Raqqa and moving their operations to the south alongside the (Euphrates) river", said Captain Jeff Davis, the Pentagon's spokesman, adding that the militants had realised that the end is close in Raqqa and their leadership were departing the city.

However, the spokesman did not give the numbers of Daesh staff abandoning the city or their roles, but said the withdrawal seemed organised and includes non-combatants who have support roles.

A US-backed coalition of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters said Friday that it was carrying out fresh attacks on Daesh after seizing dozens of villages in the latest combat to dislodge the militants from their Syria stronghold.