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Islamic State defeated in their Syrian capital Raqqa

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techbeck    5,108

RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias raised a flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said, as a four-month battle to take Islamic State’s Syrian capital came to an end.

 

The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining hiding militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

 

A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Islamic State was now completely cleared from the city.

 

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

 

The SDF, backed by a U.S.-led international alliance, has been fighting Islamic State inside Raqqa since June.

 

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-raqqa/islamic-state-defeated-in-their-syrian-capital-raqqa-idUSKBN1CM0VC

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+ctebah    2,839

This is very positive.  Now it's time to de-mine the city and start restoring essential services.

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DocM    12,774

Couldn't happen to a more deserving pile of walking  bovine excrement.

 

Goes with,

 

 

 

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