U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say they have launched an operation
to retake the last Islamic State-held pocket in Raqqa after some
275 militants and their family members surrendered.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said the operation that
began Sunday will continue until all the city is cleansed from
terrorists who refused to surrender.
The attack comes a day after the U.S.-led coalition and local
officials said Syrian IS fighters and civilians would be allowed to
leave Raqqa, once the capital of the extremist groups self-styled
caliphate. The coalition said foreign fighters would not be allowed
to take part in the evacuation.
The SDF has been on the offensive in Raqqa since early June and
now controls most of the city.
Islamic State facing imminent collapse in
AIN ISSA (SYRIA)
(AFP) The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on
Sunday announced the final phase of the battle to capture Raqa,
once the Syrian stronghold of the Islamic State group.
We are now in the final phase of the battle for Raqa,
spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told AFP, after the SDF announced
its fighters had begun the operation to capture the last 10 percent
of the city under IS control.
The militia, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said in a
statement that the final phase of the fighting would end the
presence of the terrorist mercenaries inside the city.
They said it came after a deal to evacuate remaining civilians
in the city and ensure the surrender of 275 local mercenaries and
The battle will continue until the entire city is cleared of
terrorists who refuse to surrender, including foreign terrorists,