Raqqa’s liberation from Islamic State signals the reign of terror is all but over.
Islamic State is on the verge of being wiped out after its base of operations was taken back by the Syrian army.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have cleared the city of Raqqa in Syria of the jihadist terror group, with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) trumpeting the news on Tuesday.
“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the Syria (sic) Democratic Forces supported by the International alliance have managed to take control of the Municipal Stadium,” it said.
“After breaking into most of it and sweeping it, where the last remaining sites within the stadium are being swept in the center of Al-Raqqah city, to make sure that they are completely free of members of the ‘Islamic State’ organization, where tens of them remained until this morning of who refused to surrender to the Syria Democratic Forces and the Coalition International.
“And with the control of the Municipal Stadium; Al-Raqqah city becomes out of control of the “Islamic State” organization and it is free of its members completely, and thus, the “Islamic State” existence in Al-Raqqah Province has ended.”
Al-Raqqah city becomes out of control of the “Islamic State” organization and it is free of its members completely
Raqqa was the de facto home of the movement, and it was there that terror plots were coordinated and a string of public beheadings and other acts of brutality took place.
It is believed to be the end of a bloody five-month battle in which 3,250 people were killed, including 1,130 civilians.
Militia fighters reportedly raised a flag inside Raqqa Stadium in triumph, and could be seen celebrating in the streets.
An SDF spokesman said the next step would be rebuilding the war-torn city.
“Now we are witnessing the liberation of the city of Raqqa,” SDF spokesman Jihan Ahmed said.
“After we clear the areas, thanks to all our sacrifices, we will rebuild Raqqa so that it will be more beautiful than it was before.”