Syrian city of Raqqa completely liberated from IS

A fighter from Deir al-Zor military council which fights under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) holds the council's flag in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province, Syria September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said
Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) terrorists group completely cleared from Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to reports.

U.S.-backed militias have completely taken Syria’s Raqqa from Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by a U.S.-led international alliance, has been fighting Islamic State inside Raqqa since June.


US-backed militias said on Tuesday they are battling Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) group around Raqqa stadium, the jihadists’ last foothold in their former Syrian capital, after seizing a nearby hospital.

The fall of Raqqa city, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, and from which it planned attacks abroad, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement’s collapsing fortunes.

It is now hemmed into a tiny bomb-cratered patch of the city around the stadium that is pounded from the air by a US-led coalition and encircled by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters.

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