First Mosul, Now Raqqa: In 2017, ISIS is Losing Big to the U.S. and Allies

By NTK Staff | 10.17.2017 @2:00pm
First Mosul, Now Raqqa: In 2017, ISIS is Losing Big to the U.S. and Allies

Victory in Raqqa, Syria for the U.S. and its allies is just the latest sign that ISIS is in retreat from its so-called strongholds.

The U.S. and its allies continue to rack up wins against the ISIS terrorist group in 2017, and the U.S. coalition is showing no signs of letting up.

U.S.-backed militias raised their flags in Raqqa, Syria – once an ISIS stronghold – on Tuesday.

Reuters reported:

The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

A formal declaration of victory in Raqqa will soon be made, once the city has been cleared of mines and any possible Islamic State sleeper cells, said Talal Silo, the SDF spokesman.

Reuters also noted the fighting in Raqqa has raged since June, so Tuesday’s victory marks a major step in the years-long fight against ISIS.

In July, Iraqi forces supported by the U.S. declared victory in Mosul, ISIS’s stronghold in Iraq.

Iraq’s prime minister entered the city of Mosul on Sunday to declare victory in the nine-month battle for control of the Islamic State’s former stronghold, signaling the near end of the most grueling campaign against the group to date and dealing a near-fatal blow to the survival of its self-declared caliphate.

That operation started in October 2016.

NTK Network previously shared the news that the ISIS fighters are being humiliated in their retreat from strongholds, and President Trump has made defeating ISIS a foreign policy priority in 2017.

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