US-Backed Syria Force Hails 'Historic Victory' in Raqa

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The Islamic State group's defeat in its Syrian bastion of Raqa was a "historic" achievement, the US-backed force that led the months-long battle said at an official ceremony in the city Friday.

"We dedicate this historic victory to all humanity," said Talal Sello, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that took full control of Raqa on Tuesday.

"We in the general command of the Syrian Democratic Forces announce that we will hand over the administration of the city of Raqa and the surrounding countryside to the internal security forces in Raqa," Sello added, referring to part of a civil authority set up for the city.

But Sello said the handover would not be immediate, with SDF fighters still combing the city, which lies in ruins and littered with explosives.

"After the end of clearing operations... we will hand over the city to the Raqa Civil Council," he said.

The RCC was created some six months ago, and is made up of local officials who will face the daunting task of rebuilding the city.

Raqa become the de facto Syrian capital of IS's self-styled "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq after the jihadists captured it in 2014.

The SDF, a Kurdish-Arab alliance backed by the US-led coalition, broke into the city in June after months of fighting to surround it.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor estimates over 3,000 people, at least a third of them civilians, were killed in the fighting.

Comments 7
Thumb s.o.s 20 October 2017, 13:44

Victory for Raqqa and for America and the Syrians.

Missing incorruptible 20 October 2017, 15:07

Victory for the world and civilized society.

Thumb s.o.s 20 October 2017, 15:19

Not really, the civilized world doesn’t give a poop.

Thumb Mystic 20 October 2017, 15:18

Victory for nobody, a Town in the dessert.
America failed in Syria.

Thumb farsical.resistance 20 October 2017, 17:02

A Town in the dessert how, like in the cheesecake? Did you forget to switch off your Português keyboard again?

Thumb Mystic 20 October 2017, 19:19

You have alot of faith in the Kurds.
Do you realize that Erdogan asked Iran to cooperate against the Kurdish/American expansion?

The Hashd al Shaabi in Iraq took over Kirkuk.
So fast alliances switch.

Thumb farsical.resistance 20 October 2017, 20:25

Next time when you change usernames don't forget to change your keyboard from your illiterate Português/Inglês one to the regular English one, then you won't have a problem.
Signed: farsical.resistance AKA the grammar Nazis