It is being reported that US backed forces have pushed ISIS out of 90 percent of its ‘capital’ Raqqa, Syria, after a series of successful operations claims a monitoring group in the country.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said almost the entire city is now under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Independent reported that, ‘SDF’s top command said the battle has reached its “final stages” after Isis first occupied the city more than three years ago.’
SDF is made of Kurdish and Arab fighters. The forces gained a tactical advantage by circling the entire city of Raqqa in June. SDF commenced with a full-scale offensive attack to defeat the remaining ISIS militants.
Independent reports: A major operation to push past the National Hospital in the city centre began over the weekend after a lull in fighting. Raqqa, like the battle for Mosul in Iraq – which until July was the largest city under Isis’ control – has been a gruelling building-by-building fight.
At least 300,000 Raqqawis have fled in recent weeks, braving Isis sniper fire and improvised explosives devices (IEDs), as well as US-led coalition bombing. The UN estimates 70,000 civilians are still trapped inside with very little food and water and no electricity in temperatures which still exceed 40 degrees Celsius.
Once the city of Raqqa falls, ISIS’ caliphate in eastern Syria and western Iraq will be obliterated for the most part, with few remaining militants posted in the desert.
Hopefully the recapture of Raqqa will be the beginning of the end for ISIS. Globally, we will have to wait and see what happens.