US-backed forces declare ‘total liberation’ of Raqqa

US-backed forces have declared the total liberation of Raqqa, the de facto capital city of ISIL. Talal Sell, spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, hailed the victory as historic, and dedicated it to all of humanity. The recapture of Raqqa comes after the Kurds had battled there for four months. The SDF said it will hand the city over to a civilian authority. The victory leaves ISIL with little remaining territory in Syria, most of it in neighboring Deir al-Zour province, where some SDF forces are now headed.

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