ISIS capital Raqqa falls ! US-backed militias celebrating victory


RAQQA IN RUINSUS-backed militias have completely taken Isis’ de facto capital, Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Tuesday, in a major symbolic blow to the jihadist group.

The fall of Raqqa, where Isis staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the movement’s collapsing fortunes. The city was used as a base for the group to plan attacks abroad.

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

SOHR said 3,250 people were killed in the five-month battle, including 1,130 civilians.

A witness said fighting appeared to be almost at an end with only sporadic bursts of gunfire.

Syrian Democratic Forces celebrate the liberation Raqqa
Syrian Democratic Forces celebrate the liberation Raqqa
Militia fighters celebrated in the streets, chanted slogans from their vehicles and raised a flag inside Raqqa stadium.

An SDF spokesman said the alliance would capture the last Isis areas in the city within hours.

Save The Children has warned that the humanitarian crisis in northeast Syria is “rapidly escalating”, with 270,000 people who have fled the fighting in “critical need” of aid and camps “bursting at the seams”.

On Saturday a deal was brokered for the last remaining local fighters in Raqqa to leave the city.

SDF spokesman Talal Silo said then that any fighters who were not signed up to the deal would be left behind “to surrender or die”.

The jihadists’ last bases in the city, a stadium and a hospital, were captured earlier on Tuesday, the SDF said.

A local field commander said no Isis fighters remained at the two central points where militants had been best entrenched and where the SDF said fighting on Monday night and early Tuesday was focused.

“We do still know there are still IEDs and booby traps in and amongst the areas that ISIS once held, so the SDF will continue to clear deliberately through areas,” said Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the coalition.

In a sign that the four-month battle for Raqqa was in its last stages, Col Dillon said there had been no coalition air strikes there on Monday.

It is now hemmed in to a tiny bomb-cratered patch of the city around the stadium that was being pounded from the air by a US-led coalition and encircled by SDF fighters.

Isis has lost swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq this year, including its most prized possession, Mosul, and in Syria it has been forced back into a strip of the Euphrates valley and surrounding desert.




6 responses to “ISIS capital Raqqa falls ! US-backed militias celebrating victory”

  1. A whole other reality is depicted from the other side.

    US Air Force AIRLIFTS! ISIS Fighters From Raqqa to Fight Russians

    Despite completely leveling Raqqa Dresden-style, the US deliberately let 1000 ISIS fighters escape, and, get this: AIR-LIFTED! them to Deir ez-Zor, to aide in the battle against Russia and Syria there.

    While there are always two sides to a story with the truth somewhere in the middle, the Anglo-Americans and their puppet-states’ involvement (read: creation, recruitment, financing, arming and supporting) with Daesh should make any semi-intelligent person leans towards one of those sides in order to get to that truth.

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      Hind Abyad

      Moving them from one place to another resolves nothing.
      US shoul get the f’k out of Syria

      1. There you go but when did the Anglo-Americans ever respect anyone?

  2. ISIS capital Raqqa falls, but the terror is going to continue – victory….

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    Hind Abyad

    ” Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will investigate the US letting militants in Syria and Iraq get away.
    He said that Russia, Jordan and the US had arranged a de-escalation zone on
    the south-west of Syria.

    According to Lavrov, Moscow is currently investigating Washington regarding the militants getting away from the US-controlled territories. “I hope this isn’t deliberate,” he added.

    Lavrov also added that Jabhat al-Nusra (currently known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) may be deliberately kept safe as a backup plan in order to bring down the Syrian government in the future.”

    ” In a show of hypocrisy, the US claimed that “terrorists should be killed on the battlefield, not bused across Syria”, when the ISIS forces were arranged to leave a part of the Syrian-Lebanese border by the Hezbollah, the Lebanese Army and the Syrian Army.”

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