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‘SDF forces want to occupy Raqqa with full US backing?’

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If ISIS fighters were able to leave Raqqa under a secret deal, it raises questions whether the US-led coalition was about fighting ISIS or about backing Kurdish forces to compromise Syrian territory, says Patrick Henningsen, editor at 21st Century Wire.com. Allegedly hundreds of ISIS fighters may have been given free passage as they left the Read More

US coalition occupied, not liberated Raqqa from ISIS – Syrian FM

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The US-led coalition has cruelly destroyed civilian infrastructure and has occupied the city of Raqqa it captured from ISIS, Syria’s Foreign Ministry has said, accusing the “illegitimate alliance” of misleading the international community about its true intentions. “Syria considers the claims of the United States and its so-called alliance about the liberation of Raqqa city Read More

British sniper killed by landmine in Raqqa

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A British man who travelled to Syria to fight Islamic State has died while clearing landmines in the former IS-held city of Raqqa, his mother has said. Sniper Jac Holmes, 24, from Bournemouth, had fought alongside the Kurdistan People’s Protection Units (YPG) since January 2015. Angie Blannin said she last spoke to him at the Read More

‘Hell on earth’: 80% of Raqqa destroyed, covered with mines – journalists

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Published time: 24 Oct, 2017 16:17 Up to 80 percent of Raqqa, the Syrian city that was captured from jihadists by US-backed militias last week, is destroyed and covered with road mines left behind by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). A Radio France correspondent described the scene as “Hell on Earth” as he posted horrific Read More

Fear of IS suicide attacks lingers in Raqqa

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There is a “distinctly unnerving” silence in the centre of the recently-liberated city of Raqqa, according to Sky’s Stuart Ramsay. Our chief correspondent was the first British broadcast journalist to enter the Syrian city since Islamic State’s reign of terror was brought to an end. In his latest report, Ramsay speaks to Syrian commanders who Read More

‘Leveled like Dresden’: Raqqa aid haste hints at cover up of ‘barbaric destruction’ – Moscow

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What the US-led coalition did to Syria’s Raqqa is comparable to the infamous Allied bombing of Dresden in 1945, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that the allies may be rushing to pour money into Raqqa to cover up the aftermath. Raqqa, which has served as the Syrian stronghold of the terrorist group Islamic State Read More

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