DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:50 P.M.) – The US-backed Syrian rebel group controlling the northern Syrian city of Raqqa has declared the state of emergency and a full curfew for a week over suspicions of potential attacks by the defeated Islamic State.
The Syrian Democratic Forces issued an official statement saying that ‘terrorist elements’ might have made it into Raqqa to carry out terror attacks.
According to the statement, SDF security units have foiled two attempts by terror groups to infiltrate the city. Checkpoints have been set up citywide to prevent such attempts and guarantee maximum safety.
The recent security procedures come two days after the Islamic State launched its first attack in Raqqa since the terror group was forced to leave its de-facto capital in October 2017.
ISIS’ media wing said that several Kurdish fighters were killed and injured when an IED exploded in two vehicles inside Raqqa. The terror organization vowed more long-wolf attacks against the Kurdish militia.