Daesh capital liberated by SDF

On Tuesday, Syrian Democratic Forces took back the Daesh (IS) capital of Raqqa after a five month offensive.

Operations are now underway to fully remove and clean out remaining cells of so-called Islamic State and to remove any mines in the city.

The SDF stormed the last two major locations in their push to remove Daesh forces, the national hospital and the municipal stadium. It was reported that 22 were killed at the hospital while dozens made their last stand at the stadium.

Around 15,000 SDF soldiers supported by United States drone strikes and special forces began their efforts to re-capture Raqqa in November of 2016.

Raqqa was captured by Daesh in 2014 during their “lightening offensive” when they captured large swathes of land in northern Syria and Iraq. The militants ruled the city with an iron fist including beheadings and the torture of those who opposed their rule.

“Everything is fine in Raqqa, our forces have taken full control of Raqqa.” said Talal Sello, a spokesman for the SDF.

All major military operations have finished in Raqqa and efforts are now focused on cleaning up and eliminating sleeper cells and any remaining fighters in the city.


More details to come. Image 1 of a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces holding up their flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqqa from Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images.

 

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