A Kurdish SDF fighter looks as smoke rises above Raqqa, Summer 2017 (Reuters)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:15 AM) – The former de facto ISIS “capital” of Raqqa in northern Syria has all but completely been liberated from the terrorist organisation’s control.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an agreement has been reached between ISIS and the American-backed alliance of militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF has been conducting an offensive to wrest Raqqa from ISIS control since June, but had so far been unable to gain control over certain areas of the city, where the terrorists put up fierce resistance using snipers and car bombs.

According to SOHR reports, ISIS has accepted a deal suggested by the SDF and the international coalition supporting it, in which most of the remaining terrorists have agreed to evacuate and leave the city immediately. All ISIS fighters bearing the Syrian nationality have reportedly left Raqqa already together with their families, paving the way for the complete takeover of all of the city by SDF forces.

It is likely however that some foreign-born terrorists still remain within the city, as the French Intelligence agency is reported to have issued an objection against the evacuation of a number of non-Syrian members of ISIS who are suspected to have been involved in the 2015 Paris attacks.

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Is the USA going to bomb those columns of the retreating/evacuating ISIS fighters and their families, the same as they did with the ones moving from the Syrian/Lebanese border area?

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French are not only objecting : they are furious!

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Once Da’esh is out of Raqqa (and other parts of Syria), another terrorist group which will terrorize Syrians will replace it: SDF/Kurds. Kurds (less than 10% of the population) really think they will rule over Arab majority in Raqqa, Hasaka etc? l**o get off your high horse, Turds!

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Turds=Turks : they let near 400,000 jihadists and mercenaries enter Syria!

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Get off your own high horse, you’re high on ignorance and bigotry. Tens of thousands of Arabs have joined YPG and SDF from Raqqa, to liberate THEIR OWN CITY. Your obvious racism is not theirs. If you knew even the first thing about Democratic Confederalism, the political system of northern Syria, you’d know that nobody RULES anywhere. The Raqqa civilian council, formed many months ago in preparation for liberation, is made up of RAQQANS who will self administer their city until they decide themselves, what they want to do. They have already rejected the regime. You may think everything is… Read more »