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Islamic State defeated in their Syrian capital Raqqa

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 01:28

U.S.-backed militias raised a flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, as a four-month battle to take Islamic State's Syrian capital came to an end. Emily Wither reports.

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Islamic State have lost their Syrian capital Raqqa. The four-month battle to take the city back from the militants has come to an end. The SDF, the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, say they're clearing the city's stadium of mines and any remaining hiding fighters. Raqqa's stadium and hospital became the last major positions held by I.S. after the departure of some of its fighters on Sunday (October 15). Only foreign jihadists remained to mount a last stand. The fall of the city is symbolic of Islamic State's collapsing fortunes in Syria and Iraq and marks the end of their so-called caliphate. Raqqa was the first big city the group captured in early 2014. They used to plan attacks abroad from here and stage euphoric parades through the streets. For a time western hostages were also held in the city before they were killed in slick propaganda videos. The price of liberation has been high and many civilians will find they have nothing to return home to. The city is largely destroyed, littered with booby traps and bodies. Islamic State once passed laws from here and issued passports and money. This is where the caliphate began and more than three years later came crumbling down.

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Islamic State defeated in their Syrian capital Raqqa

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 01:28