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US-backed Syrian forces recapture Raqqa from Islamic State group

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced on Tuesday that they had captured the city of Raqqa of Islamic State militants.

“Everything is over in Raqqa, our forces have taken full control of Raqqa,” SDF spokesman Talal Sello said. AFP. A formal declaration would be announced after operations to clear remaining sleeper cells and remove landmines in the city were completed, Sello added.

The move is a major setback for the Islamic State, which considered Raqqa the de facto capital of its self-proclaimed caliphate. comes the third anniversary of the global effort to defeat ISIS.

Raqqa was the first provincial capital to fall from government control in March 2013 after he was captured by a rebel army. The army included both Syrian opposition groups and more hard-line parties, including al-Nusra and the Islamic State.

A civilian government that was established in the city split two months later, and less than a year later, ISIS recaptured Raqqa and named it the capital of its caliphate.

Around 900 civilians have been killed since the start of the five-month operation, including 570 people in coalition airstrikes, according to the Syrian Human Rights Network. based in Great Britain Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the civilian death toll at 1,130 people. American journalist james foley he was beheaded in the mountains south of the city.

SDF fighters lowered the Islamic State black flag from the city’s National Hospital near the city’s stadium, according to a Reuters report.

The special presidential envoy of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Brett McGurk, said in August that the US, water, the basic elements to allow populations to return to their homes.

It is not clear when the 300,000 civilians who have fled Raqqa since April during the operation will be able to return.

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