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.