ISIS Defeated in Raqqa, US-Backed Syrian Forces Advance into City

تم نشره في Tue 17 October / Oct 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Kurdish women's militia fighter flying Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) flag in Raqqa - (AFP)

CAPITALS — A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken full control of ISIS's one-time "capital" of Raqqa.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a five-month assault.

Clearing operations were now under way to uncover any jihadist sleeper cells and remove landmines, he added.

An official statement declaring victory in the city and the end of three years of ISIS rule is expected to be made soon.

ISIS made Raqqa the headquarters of its self-styled "caliphate", implementing an extreme interpretation of Islamic law and using beheadings, crucifixions and torture to terrorise residents who opposed its rule

The city also became home to thousands of jihadists from around the world who heeded a call to migrate there by ISIS leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi.