Syria war: Daesh militants leave ‘Raqqa’

A fighter from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands next to debris of damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said

The US-backed alliance of militants Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says last Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) elements have been evacuated from their one-time bastion of Raqqah as part of an agreement.

A member of the Raqqa Civil Council said that some Daesh foreigners did manage the leave with the Syrian Daesh group as they left their self-proclaimed capital in the country’s north.

The Daesh fighters took about 400 civilians with them as human shields, according to the SDF.

In a statement released as the battle began, the SDF said they would not stop “until the whole city is clean of the terrorists who refused to surrender, including the foreign fighters”


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