Syria: IS make final stand in Raqqa showdown

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the People's Protection Units (YPG) made a final push to rid Raqqa of members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) on Tuesday. The US-backed alliance has claimed that it has taken full control of Raqqa, liberating the city which has served as a strongpoint and de-facto capital of the militant group. However, sources on... Еще the ground have reported that pockets of IS fighters still remain within the city. Fighters from the US-backed alliance combed through the city for any remaining IS militants. On Tuesday morning, one fighter recounted how the alliance was reaching the final stages in toppling ISIS from their rule over Raqqa. “Raqqa is liberated from ISIS mercenaries, some foreign members of them remained, Raqqa is going to be entirely liberated within a few hours», he said. Another fighter explained that “a lot of civilians” had been freed and that “Now only foreign ISIS (members) are inside”. SDF has been wrestling with IS since June in Raqqa. The capturing of Raqqa serves as a significant territorial and symbolic blow to the militant group.
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