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ISIS on brink of losing battle for de facto capital Raqqa

ISIS on brink of losing battle for de facto capital Raqqa
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said that ISIS  is on the verge of defeat in Raqqa, and the city may be finally cleared of these terrorists on Saturday or Sunday, The Independent reported Saturday.

"The battles are continuing in Raqqa city. Daesh (ISIS) is on the verge of being finished. Today or tomorrow the city may be liberated," YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud said.

The YPG dominates the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Arab and Kurdish militias that have been battling since June to defeat ISIS at Raqqa, which served as the terrorists' group's de facto capital in Syria.

An activist group that reports on Raqqa, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, said on its Facebook page on Saturday that dozens of buses had entered Raqqa city overnight, having traveled from the northern Raqqa countryside.

The Britain-based Observatory said Syrian ISIS terrorists and their families had already left the city, and buses had arrived to evacuate remaining foreign terrorists and their families. It did not say where they would be taken to.

The Observatory said the evacuation was taking place according to a deal reached between the SDF and the US-led coalition on the one hand, and Isis on the other.

During the more than six-year Syrian war, the arrival of buses in a conflict zone has often signaled an evacuation of combatants and civilians.

Last Modified: Saturday، 14 October 2017 01:08 PM