US-Backed Forces Declare Victory Over ISIS In Raqqa

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After a US-backed coalition of Kurds, Shiite militias and Iraqi forces pushed ISIS out of Mosul earlier this year, a similar coalition of US-backed Arab and Kurdish fighters – supported by US airstrikes – has declared victory over ISIS in Raqqa, reclaiming the terror group’s de facto capital for the first time since ISIS first rose to prominence in 2014.

Victory was effectively assured as of Tuesday as the last remaining fighters surrendered to the allied forces after four months of fighting. The battle saw thousands of ISIS family members flee, and many locals who claimed they’d joined the group but only served in a civilian capacity had earlier surrendered.

The movement’s reported collapse in Raqqa followed a four-month long battle between the extremists and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters. In the assault’s final days, hundreds of Islamic State militants surrendered to the SDF, leaving a handful of foreign fighters in the city, according to the Washington Post. According to rights groups, much of the city’s infrastructure is destroyed, and some 270,000 civilians remain in camps in surrounding areas.

A Reuters witness said militia fighters celebrated in the streets, chanting slogans from their vehicles. The fighters and commanders clasped their arms round each other, smiling, in a battle-scarred landscape of rubble and ruined buildings at a public square.

Allied fighters are still checking to see if any foreign fighters remain in the city, and are also working to clear landmines. Victory will officially be declared as soon as the mines are finished being cleared, Reuters reported.

“We do still know there are still IEDs and booby traps in and amongst the areas that ISIS once held, so the SDF will continue to clear deliberately through areas,” said Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the coalition.

The flags in the stadium and others waved in the city streets were of the SDF, its strongest militia the Kurdish YPG, and the YPG’s female counterpart, the YPJ. Fighters hauled down the black flag of Islamic State, the last still flying over the city, from the National Hospital near the stadium.

Locals shared horrifying stories with Reuters after the fighting had finished.

Fatima Hussein, a 58-year-old woman, sitting on a pavement smoking a cigarette said she had emerged from her house after being trapped for months by the fighting. Islamic State had killed her son for helping civilians leave the city, she said.

Fighters managed to push the last remaining bastions of ISIS fighters out of a hospital and a stadium in the city. The stadium and hospital had become the last major positions held by Islamic State after the departure of some of the group’s fighters on Sunday, leaving only foreign jihadists to mount a last stand.

The final SDF assault began on Sunday after a group of Syrian jihadists surrendered after striking a deal with tribal elders, leaving only a group of 300 fighters to defend the last positions.

Many of the ISIS fighters who fought until they were killed or captured were foreigners with no local connection, Reuters said. The stadium and hospital became the last major positions held by Islamic State after the departure of some of its fighters on Sunday, leaving only foreign jihadists to mount a last stand.

ISIS had used its de-facto capital as a center for planning and operations for its warfare in the Middle East and its string of attacks overseas. It also imprisoned Western hostages there before killing them in slickly produced films distributed online.

The SDF’s Sunday advance also brought control over a central city roundabout, where Islamic State once displayed the severed heads of its enemies, and which became one of its last lines of defense as the battle progressed.

The offensive has pushed Islamic State from most of northern Syria, while a rival offensive by the Syrian army, backed by Russia, Iran and Shiite militias, has driven the jihadists from the central desert.

On Tuesday, a military media unit run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said the Syrian army on whose side Hezbollah fights had pushed into the last Islamic State districts in Deir al-Zor.

The only populated areas still controlled by the jihadist group in Syria are the towns and villages downstream of Deir al-Zor along the Euphrates valley. They are areas that for the past three years Islamic State ran from Raqqa.

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taoJones's picture

So US/coalition... will you go home now?

WTFRLY's picture

Whatever. ISIS is Israel and Joo World Order still reigns. The upper echelon Mossad joohadis have already been evacuated.

Troll Magnet's picture

So we’re finally taking on Israhell?

Jim in MN's picture

So once the Saudis figure out a face-saving exit from Yemen.....

The Only Hot War On Earth.....

Will be in Afghanistan.

 

World Peace for Christmas.

And NO ONE wants to see it.

 

THIS is the world of Humans.  Peace lands like a dove and the 'smart' people smirk, spurn it, cast it into the dust.

ZH Protip:  It would be much more disruptive for the status quo and the globalist Deep State scum to YELL FROM THE ROOFTOPS about world peace and try to SECURE it for the world's population.

Let the guns fall silent. 

Tweets Not Bombs

USA Out of Eurasia

TBT or not TBT's picture

ISIS wanted world peace.   They just had to jihad first, and rape and stuff to get their way, but once every infidel  was slain or subdued and a global caliphate held glorious reign with women and girls reduced to slavery and everyone prostrating the themselves to the thousands of dictates descended from the pedophile prophet every waking moment, then there would be peace.  

TBT or not TBT's picture

ISIS wanted world peace.   They just had to jihad first, and rape and stuff to get their way, but once every infidel  was slain or subdued and a global caliphate held glorious reign with women and girls reduced to slavery and everyone prostrating the themselves to the thousands of dictates descended from the pedophile prophet every waking moment, then there would be peace.  

NoDebt's picture

"leaving only foreign jihadists to mount a last stand."

Here, you white people can stay and fight.  We're going home. 

So racist.

(down votes incoming!)

BennyBoy's picture

 

"US-Backed Forces Declare Victory Over ISIS In Raqqa"

US-Backed Forces Declare Victory Over US-Backed ISIS In Raqqa

Fixed it.

HowdyDoody's picture

A video of the ISIS holdouts after the transfer deal was accepted. These guys held off the full might of the US and Kurds?

http://www.nsfwyoutube.com/watch?v=ZzsjXmewd1k

 

researchfix's picture

China should be on the lookout for ISIS troop transport in their South China Sea. Indonesia and Philippines might thank them.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Interesting Howdy. At least the Pentagram salvaged something. They'll clean these boys up, get them some R&R, a prosthetic leg or two and they'll be ready to fight in the next CIA-SIS op in Afghanistan, Europe or a town near you or me.

Never let a shot up jihadi go to waste.

 

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Benny,

The Dystopian Reality we find ourselves in.

ISIS = I CIA SIS = Mossad.

Everybodys All American's picture

"US-Backed Forces Declare Victory Over ISIS In Raqqa"

US-Trump Backed Forces Declare Victory Over US (Obama/ Clinton) - created and Backed ISIS In Raqqa

 

carry on.


Implied Violins's picture

It's called, 'eating your own' or 'tying up loose ends'.

With all this truth hitting the alt-news now, they are taking care of those who could reveal the depths of depravity. Good thing it's too late for that.

thebigunit's picture

I think you have cracked the MSM's secret code:

US-Trump Backed Forces Declare Victory Over US (Obama/ Clinton) - created and Backed ISIS In Raqqa

TBT or not TBT's picture

As long as it's by far mostly muslims killing each other, it's all to the good. 

detached.amusement's picture

The Kool Aid stains on your shirt are showing

gimpboy's picture

Stop hitting yourself stop hitting yourself

 

roadhazard's picture

More of an embarrassment as far as I am concerned.

NoDebt's picture

Yay!  We..... won?  I guess?

 

NumberNone's picture

Now let th car bombings begin.

Moustache Rides's picture

US-backed forces declare victory over US-backed forces.  Interesting.

Freddie's picture

The neoCons and Isri-firsters over Free Republic are posting stories by Timmerman, John Bolton and other vile NeoCons bitching about how Iraq took back Kirkuk and how we let down the poor Barzani Kurds.  Barzani being a friend of the Mo$$ad,

Syria and Hezbollah should go take back this real estate in Syria.  The US colonel should go back to America and he should stop helping the bankster steal taxpayer money.

A lot of supposed conservatives over a Free Republic and maybe here fail to realize that the people of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran hate the USA for good reason.  Who would want to be ruled by people like the Clintons, Bushes, Obama, McCaina, Feinstein, Harvey Weinstein, child porn Disney, BLM and dumb whites who support BLM NFL NBA and NCAA.  Who wants to live under the control of Joolywood or Podesta or other pedophiles?  

Or Jared Kushner-Trump-Soros and Ivanka Soros-Clinton.  Good pals with Soros and Clintons.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Hand a green card to anyone in those lands to remake their life in hellish America to leave their ancestral land behind.  80% acceptance rate, shouts of joy and tears of happiness even from loved ones.   Islam infected lands are very harsh for the great majority of their subjects.   Islam is tyrannical. 

GeezerGeek's picture

Assuming I'm remembering correctly, in Catch-22, Milo Minderbender had his bombers attack a target defended by his anti-aircraft guns.

Life immitates art.

 

Conscious Reviver's picture

Joseph Heller seemed like a crazy man, but it turns out, he knew what's up.

hotrod's picture

PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA

lester1's picture

Obama's JV team is defeated !

 

MAGA

Manipuflation's picture

No one won.  That is not how it works.

Freddie's picture

American taxpayers and innocent civilians in the Middle East lost.

1 Alabama's picture

if thats what victory looks like, i'd hate to see defeat

Agent P's picture

Mission Accomplished?

CRM114's picture

 

"So, why don't we just flatten Raqqa tomorrow?"

"Because the media will fry us for killing civilians. We'll just have to fund some local militias"

"But, that'll take years, cost billions, and there'll be 10 times as many civilians killed by both sides whilst that happens. And there'll be yet another bunch of crazy ragheads with American weapons."

"Yes, but the media don't do logic, so we won't get fried"

Dank fur Kopf's picture

I wonder how long before the Kurds hand Raqqa over to the legitimate Syrian government--uncontested.

Freddie's picture

Well if they have Hezbollah show up - I would guess in about 5 minutes.

The Syrian Army at this point is almost as good.  Hezbollah gives a lot of people nightmares including the IDF.  The IDF soldiers said Hezbolah were like ghosts.

https://politicaltheatrics.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/new-testimonies-from...

It was also stated,by the (IDF) soldier, that: “If we were to go to Lebanon – and I say this with full conviction – we all come back after two hours in the coffins, everyone knows that they do not want to talk about.”

Testimonies were presented by Israeli soldiers that spoke of the dire situation and the psychological complexities of the war, and thought it was the beginning of the process easy.

DISCLAIMER:  I am not a Hezbollah fanboi but they have been in Syria defending ALL Syrians including Christians.

The USSA Inc and Irael have not been defending Christians in the Middle East.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Not a Hezbollah fanboi? Why not?

Maybe the DC crime syndicate will make that illegal.

TBT or not TBT's picture

"Legitimate" doesn't describe any government in that region.  

TBT or not TBT's picture

On wait, hang on, there is one government over there based upon western traditions of human rights, with representative government, economic freedom, property rights, rights for women, prosperity, high educational attainment, pluralistic multiethnic multireligious and so forth.   

GeezerGeek's picture

Dear President Trump,

In light of this yuuuugeee victory can you please bring the troops home from Syria?

And the rest of the Middle East?

And Africa?

And Europe?

And...what the heck, just bring them all home. They need quality time back home in the USSA.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

FLEETING! And poorly timed...

Especially when you understand what the PMU just did in Kirkuk yesterday!

HowdyDoody's picture

The US had stopped paying the Peshmerga salaries. So the Iranians/Iraqis stepped in, paid their salaries and off they went, transferring Kirkuk to Iraq without (almost) a shot being fired.

 

 

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"The US had stopped paying the Peshmerga salaries. So the Iranians/Iraqis stepped in, paid their salaries and off they went, transferring Kirkuk to Iraq without (almost) a shot being fired."

Not at all surprised HD given the comment(s) from Putin 3 years ago when he talked about the Anglo-Zionist alliance that created the "highest bidder" problem in earnest more than 20 years ago because they lacked the linguistics and didn't train their own people the "old fashioned way" and instead paid people they were occupying with worthless $$$ to obtain information...

It was nice when you had the money and "somewhat" controlled the energy resources you were "openly" looting with "shrink wrapped" billions of printed paper on wooden pallets to "destinations unknown in Baghdad...-if you're a psychopath that is! But all of that has changed which is why this (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/us-deploys-special-forces-decap...) and this (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/get-ready-new-chernobyl-ukraine) are the new ransom(s) if they don't get a quick fix from the PRC and Russian Federation!

"DE-NIAL" ain't just a river in Egypt!... It's just that desperate for U.S.!!!

Freddie's picture

One added dividend of Harvey Weinstein, Joolywood and the Clintons is - who in the world wants to be associated with American freedum and "democracy?"  How many innocent people did we murder in these NeoCon wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, yemen, Ukraine and other places?

Do Iranians, Syrians, Iraqis or Libyans want Harvey Weinstein raping their young daughters or Clinton Podesta Pizzagate raping their young sons and daughters?  Amercans with an IQ above 80 do not want to be controlled by these monsters - why would Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians and others want to be controlled by the Harvey Weinstein-Clintons-Bushes of the world?   Harvey was money laundering for the DNC and Clinton Foundation and McCain was there too. 

The USSA Inc, a Rothschild holding company, is morally and financially bankrupt.

Meanwhile the dumb white American males keep worshipping their NFL, NBA, NCAA and high school Trayvon thugs and rapists.

Yeah who in the world wants American society and Joolywood "culture?"

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Yeah who in the world wants American society and Joolywood "culture?""...

Fred

You just sealed it with your statements. And this is pretty much why the failed Empire needs to issue edicts and threats that will get millions more killed if "IT" DOESN'T GET WHAT IT WANTS!...

When you worship those that covet with no boundaries you either die of a sick soul or someone with a healthy soul "takes your ass out"!

For everything you just said being an American myself and witnessing first hand what my Country's done everywhere else in my 53 years on this planet...

IT'S A GOOD "DAY" TO DIE!

Freddie's picture

Love the country - hate the monsters who rule it.  Oh and the US military have not been good guys since 1861.  In fact, did the elites f**k over the soldiers of the Revolutionary Army or Continental Army?  Just like how a young MacArthur and young Patton and Ike used tanks against the WW1 vets aka Bonus Army. 

People wave the flag but forget the Constitution and how these monsters like Bushes, Clinton, Obamas, and those who murdered the USS Liberty sailors subverted The Constitution. 

The people of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen et al do not want their young daughters to be Hannah montana/Miley Cyrus WHORE.  Harvey Weinstein's whores. They do not want their young boys and girls raped by Podesta or Jefferey Epstein.

I have great admiration for the Syrian military and their allies fighting against the NWO-ZATO - aka Harvey Weinsteins of the world.