With roughly 90% of the Syrian city of Raqqa having been retaken by the nation’s military from Daesh control, the ‘capital’ of the militant group is no more.
In an interview with the Associated Press, spokesman for the US-led coalition, Col. Ryan Dillon, has stated that; “This will take some time, to say that the city is completely clear,” in reference to mines and explosives, and continued by saying, “We still suspect that there are still (IS) fighters that are within the city in small pockets”, adding to the notion that while the Syrian forces have taken the vast majority of the city, they still have a lot of work ahead of them.
Raqqa has seen great violence over the last four years, with the city being overrun by Al-Nushra fighters in 2013, control of the city being given over to IS in 2014, and also being the site of 20 individual bombings by …