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Islamic State is gone – but Raqqa lies in ruins

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Islamic State’s brutal reign of terror in Raqqa may be at an end, but as the liberation of the Syrian city is celebrated in the streets the shadow of the group remains. Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay has travelled into the heart of the extremists’ former capital – where little now remains but piles Read More

Raqqa liberation from ISIS reportedly at final stage, UN says city in ruins

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US-backed fighters in Syria have reported the final liberation of Raqqa from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). However, there seems to be no further plan in Washington of how to bring life back to the almost completely destroyed city. Opposition forces in Syria, including Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Read More

The demise of IS in Raqqa has an enormous cost

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For three years, Raqqa was capital of the biggest, richest, and arguably most evil terrorist organisation the world has known. At its height, as many as eight million people lived on land that Islamic State controlled in Iraq and Syria. When the organisation took the Iraqi city of Mosul, it looted its banks. Added to Read More

Raqqa 'broken in every sense' after IS occupation

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The staggering observation when we were in Raqqa only recently was just how utterly, comprehensively wrecked it is. As the end drew near, one foreign fighter, former City of London banker Macer Gifford told us: ”Sometimes I wonder what there is left to liberate in Raqqa.” The city which was once the capital of Islamic Read More

The rise and fall of Islamic State in Raqqa

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Raqqa has played a symbolic and strategic role in the rise of Islamic State since the jihadist group seized it almost three years ago. It is the extremists’ de facto capital in Syria and has been used as a base to plan overseas terror attacks, including in France and Belgium. Raqqa was the first Syrian Read More

Battle 'over' against Islamic State in Raqqa

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Military operations have ended against Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, say the Syrian Democratic Forces. Clearing operations are ongoing to flush out the remaining fighters and locate landmines and booby traps, an SDF official told Sky News. Dozens of fighters were making a last stand in the city’s stadium – also being Read More

'Final' battle to oust IS fighters from Raqqa

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US-backed fighters say they are engaged in a “final” battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, the extremist group’s de facto capital in Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurds, say jihadists are still putting up resistance in a number of neighbourhoods in their one-time stronghold and the fighting could take Read More

Islamic State 'down to less than 400' in Raqqa

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Islamic State militants have largely been flushed out of their one-time stronghold of Raqqa, US-led coalition forces have said, but are still clinging on to a small part of the city. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken control of 90% of the Syrian city, with less Read More

‘Areas with civilians most bombed-out’: Raqqa refugees on surviving US-led coalition strikes

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Civilians fleeing Raqqa in Syria are sharing traumatic stories of how the US-led coalition’s bombing has reduced the city’s populated areas to rubble while Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants have been using people as human shields. Raqqa, known as a de-facto capital of Islamic State in Syria, is currently under siege by the Syrian Read More

Humanitarian catastrophe in Raqqa & numerous US mistakes, airstrikes on civilian objects – Moscow

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Published time: 29 Sep, 2017 07:07 Edited time: 29 Sep, 2017 07:29 Repeated targeting mistakes of the US-led coalition in Raqqa have caused significant damage to civilian infrastructure in the city, while a lack of humanitarian aid has led to a catastrophe, a senior Russian diplomat said. Oleg Syromolotov, who supervises counterterrorism cooperation with other Read More