US-Backed Forces Claim Victory Over Islamic State in Raqqa

StoryfulNewsPublished: October 17, 201716 views
Published: October 17, 2017

Fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces were seen raising flags around Raqqa on October 16 and 17 as they claimed victory over Islamic State in the city after a months-long offensive backed by a US-led coalition. This footage, from October 16, shows soldiers celebrating and raising flags at a roundabout in the center of the city. On October 17, a spokesman for the US coalition said 90 percent of the city was under SDF control. Among the locations captured by SDF was the al-Naim roundabout, not far from where this footage was shot. The al-Naim roundabout was used for public executions during Islamic State’s three-year occupation of the city. Credit: YouTube/Hawar Agency via Storyful

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