US-backed militias have completely taken ISIS de facto capital, Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday, in a major symbolic blow to the jihadist group.
EDITOR’S NOTE: All during Obama’s presidency, ISIS was allowed to flourish and grow into a terrorist super power. Obama ordered pretend airstrikes against empty buildings while proclaiming on television that the US was “fighting ISIS”. We were doing no such thing. But what a difference an election makes. President Trump, in office for less than a year, has ordered crippling attacks on ISIS with the net result being a near systemic collapse of the organization. ISIS is not more than 5 or 6 months from being completely destroyed of present trends continue. Another promised kept by Trump, and yet another story you won’t hear about on the fake news media.
The fall of Raqqa, where Isis staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the movement’s collapsing fortunes. The city was used as a base for the group to plan attacks abroad.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by a US-led international alliance, has been fighting Isis inside Raqqa since June. SOHR said 3,250 people were killed in the five-month battle, including 1,130 civilians.
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The jihadists’ last bases in the city, a stadium and a hospital, were captured earlier on Tuesday, the SDF said.
A local field commander said no ISIS fighters remained at the two central points where militants had been best entrenched and where the SDF said fighting on Monday night and early Tuesday was focused.
“We do still know there are still IEDs and booby traps in and amongst the areas that ISIS once held, so the SDF will continue to clear deliberately through areas,” said Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the coalition.
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In a sign that the four-month battle for Raqqa was in its last stages, Col Dillon said there had been no coalition air strikes there on Monday.
It is now hemmed in to a tiny bomb-cratered patch of the city around the stadium that was being pounded from the air by a US-led coalition and encircled by SDF fighters.
Isis has lost swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq this year, including its most prized possession, Mosul, and in Syria it has been forced back into a strip of the Euphrates valley and surrounding desert. source
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