US-Backed Force Takes 90% of Syria's Raqa from IS

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US-backed fighters have captured 90 percent of the Syrian city of Raqa from the Islamic State group after overrunning five strategic neighbourhoods, a monitor said on Wednesday. 

"Because of the heavy (US-led) coalition air strikes, IS withdrew from at least five key neighbourhoods over the past 48 hours," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

"This allowed the Syrian Democratic Forces to control 90 percent of the city." 

IS has pulled out of the north of the city and abandoned its grain silos and mills.

"IS is now confined to the city centre," Abdel Rahman said.

"The difficulty in advancing and fully clearing these neighbourhoods is linked to the mines that IS has left behind."

IS seized Raqa in early 2014, transforming the city into the de facto Syrian capital of its self-declared caliphate.

It quickly became synonomous with the group's most gruesome atrocities, including public beheadings.

Backed by US-led coalition air strikes, the SDF spent months encircling the city before entering it in early June.  

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled the fighting in recent months. Estimates of the number still inside the city range from fewer than 10,000 to as many as 25,000.

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Thumb thepatriot 20 September 2017, 18:56

Interesting to see how the US and the Russians are splitting up the country... a reminicence of the cold war... clearly the map of the new Syria is being redefined, and the big loser might be the Turkish... How will they deal with this huge chunk of territory that will be claimed by the Kurdish?
At the same time, we can see that the US backed fighters (aka SDF) are not fighting Bashar's Army... and the Russians & the Americans are not bombarding each other's troups on the ground... There is a defacto agreement. The other question at hands, is, what will happen with the territories held by the FSA? FSA is still fighting Bashar... but in zones that are mainly out of reach of the SDF... how will this unfold...?

Thumb thepatriot 21 September 2017, 23:06


the zones colored in grenn are mainly FSA...