Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Raqqa IS 'capital' falls to US-backed Syrian forces



A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters says it has taken full control of Raqqa, ending three years of rule in the city by so-called Islamic State.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a four-month assault.


Clearing operations were now under way to uncover any jihadist sleeper cells and remove landmines, he added.


However, a US military spokesman later said he could only confirm that about 90% of the city had been cleared.


Islamic State (IS) made Raqqa the headquarters of its self-styled "caliphate" in early 2014, implementing an extreme interpretation of Islamic law and using beheadings, crucifixions and torture to terrorise residents who opposed its rule.
The city also became home to thousands of jihadists from around the world who heeded a call to migrate there by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.




BBC           News.