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The press service of the Popular Resistance of Raqqa (PRoR) announced earlier today that it had fired several mortar shells at a US-occupied military base near the city, where he 93rd Brigade was deployed. PRoR also claimed that it will not tolerate "the occupation forces" on the Syrian territory, like the ...
"Following the intelligence activities, the militia of Raqqa waged a special operation targeting the US Staff located at the former base of the 93rd Brigade in the district of Ayn Issa, 43 miles north of Raqqa. Several mortar shells were fired on individual targets without any casualties on our side," the statement ...

Raqqa was taken over by the terrorist group Daesh* in 2013, which went on to declare it the capital of their self-proclaimed caliphate in 2014. In late 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with the support of the US-led coalition, started an operation aimed at freeing the city from the militants' grasp.
As of 12 March 2018 an estimated 95,000 individuals reportedly returned to Ar-Raqqa city since the end of hostilities in October 2017. Among those ... A UN humanitarian mission is awaiting government authorization to immediately deploy to Raqqa city for assessments of security and needs. Extensive ...
A prominent lawyer involved in a deal that saw some Daesh terrorists given safe passage out of their Syrian bastion Raqqa last year was found dead on Thursday, local authorities currently running the city said. Omar Alloush helped negotiate an agreement with tribal leaders that allowed some Daesh ...
Raqqa's Naim Square roundabout resident Abdul Rahman, 53, is repairing his partially destroyed house nestled in one of the most previously dangerous hotspots. Last year the area was an arena for operations run by Syrian Democratic Forces and US-led International Coalition air campaigns against ISIS ...

On March 20 of last year, an aircraft of the US-led coalition struck a boarding school in Mansourah, near Raqqa, Syria. The building was completely destroyed. What was hit and who died in this strike has been a subject of contention ever since. The coalition has maintained that the building was an Islamic ...
The Wars in Syria: Unlike in other Syrian cities bombed or shelled to the ground – and even in Mosul in Iraq – there is at least one district that has survived intact. Returning to Raqqa four months after Isis was driven out of its 'capital', The Independent finds that is not the case here. The city's destruction is ...
Cascades of broken concrete line the streets of Raqqa. Few people are about and those who are look crushed and dispirited. An 80-year-old woman who says her name is Islim is scrabbling in the debris looking for scraps of metal and plastic to sell. She explains that she is trying to look after the wife and ...
Local Sunni Arab tribesmen have formed a militia to fight and oust the US-backed SDF from Raqqa, according to media reports and reports circulating on social media. The group, which has called itself the Popular Resistance of Raqqa (PRoR), currently has just a few dozen fighters in its ranks, but is ...
Travelling to the former Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria for ABC News and Four Corners was a complicated and risky assignment for Middle East correspondent Matt Brown and cameraman Aaron Hollett. If you think the journey, not the destination matters, then you haven't been to ...
MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has proposed setting up an international commission to evaluate humanitarian situation in Syria's Raqqa in a note to UN envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura. The document, transferred via diplomatic channels, suggests "opening ...
While such humanitarian concerns proved relatively effective in swaying Western public opinion in 2016 during the battle for Aleppo, the U.S.-backed operation to take the city of Raqqa from Daesh (ISIS) forces last year proves that any and all humanitarian worries in Eastern Ghouta that have been voiced ...
"That is why we propose to create as quickly as possible on the basis of the United Nations and under its leadership, an international assessment humanitarian commission that could look at and assess what is really happening in Raqqa, where, unfortunately, no one is allowed to — neither the media, nor ...
An Australian who travelled to Syria to fight the Islamic State (IS) group has told Four Corners he took part in active combat in what was then the group's de-facto capital of Raqqa. Melbourne man Jamie Williams says he joined a Kurdish militia, the YPG, which is part of a US-backed coalition force dubbed ...
Desperate to come home, Syrians brave ISIS mines in Raqqa. By AFP 16/2/ ... Mohammed Kuraji returned to Syria's Raqqa to prepare a homecoming but ended up organising a funeral. ... ISIS was ousted from its de facto Syrian capital Raqqa in October, but it left mines scattered across the ravaged city.
Explosive remnants of war have killed hundreds of civilians returning to Raqqa after the Syrian city was captured from Islamic State in October 2017, and the number of casualties will rise if international support to demine the city does not step up, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Monday. "The defeat of ...

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) killed and maimed civilians in the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa with a wide range of booby traps, including washing machines and refrigerators. The jihadi group controlled the city for more than three years, from January 2014 to October last year, when the Kurdish-Arab ...
TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Well, Steve, we're in Raqqa, Syria, and we just went through the downtown area. Now we're on the outskirts, next to a school. We have little kids running around. But, Steve, the downtown part of Raqqa is completely devastated. The buildings have collapsed. There are twisted cars, ...
Large parts of Raqqa are in utter ruin as a result of the battle between "Islamic State" forces and coalition troops. The area was liberated in October, but only now are residents cautiously returning to the city. Syrians cycling past destroyed buildings ...
It is estimated that around 75,000 people have returned to Raqqa city since the end of the hostilities in October 2017. There is still widespread presence of landmines, booby traps and unexploded ordinances across the city. Official UN reports note that at least 534 civilians have been injured through blasts ...
Raqqa was taken over by the terrorist group Daesh* in 2013, which went on to declare it the capital of their self-proclaimed caliphate in 2014. In late 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with the support of the US-led coalition, started an operation aimed at freeing the city from the militants' grasp.
An estimated 300,000 individuals were displaced within and from Ar-Raqqa governorate between November 2016 and September 2017. Conflict in and around Ar-Raqqa City ceased in October 2017 and thousands have spontaneously returned to their communities in since. For information on ...
While such humanitarian concerns proved relatively effective in swaying Western public opinion in 2016 during the battle for Aleppo, the U.S.-backed operation to take the city of Raqqa from Daesh (ISIS) forces last year proves that any and all humanitarian worries in Eastern Ghouta that have been voiced ...
Since the expulsion of the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the cessation of conflict in Ar-Raqqa city in October 2017, voluntary returns have been observed across the city. Restoration of critical infrastructure and resumption of services for residents has been limited thus far, ...
"That is why we propose to create as quickly as possible on the basis of the United Nations and under its leadership, an international assessment humanitarian commission that could look at and assess what is really happening in Raqqa, where, unfortunately, no one is allowed to — neither the media, nor ...
Damascus: Syrian troops have uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of more than 30 people killed by Daesh in Raqqa province, state media reported on Friday. It is the third such find by the army in recent months in territory formerly held by the terrorists west of their onetime bastion.
DAMASCUS, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- A total of 34 bodies of Syrian civilians and soldiers have been unearthed in the northern province of Raqqa, state news agency SANA reported Friday. The Syrian forces unearthed the mass grave in the town of Ramthan in the western countryside of Raqqa, the former de ...
Desperate to come home, Syrians brave ISIS mines in Raqqa. By AFP 6 hours ... Mohammed Kuraji returned to Syria's Raqqa to prepare a homecoming but ended up organising a funeral. ... ISIS was ousted from its de facto Syrian capital Raqqa in October, but it left mines scattered across the ravaged city.
The US-led Coalition to defeat the Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia) has intentionally destroyed 90 percent of Syria's town of Raqqa, Syrian permanent representative to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. “This coalition has deliberately destroyed 90 ...
For nearly four years, between 2013 and 2017, Syria's Raqqa city remained under the control of one of the bloodiest jihadist groups of this century: ISIS, also known as ISIL, Daesh, and Islamic State. During its reign, ISIS forced inhabitants of the city, which it had declared to be the capital of its “caliphate,” to ...
Explosive remnants of war have killed hundreds of civilians returning to Raqqa after the Syrian city was captured from Islamic State in October 2017, and the number of casualties will rise if international support to demine the city does not step up, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Monday. "The defeat of ...
Panos Moumtzis, the UN assistant secretary general and regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria Crisis, told reporters the number of unexploded devices in Raqqa, Syria, is “extreme” and that they are in “every house, every room, every inch of the city," Reuters reports. Why it matters: Moumtzis said these unexploded ...
FILE PHOTO - Smoke rises after a landmine exploded as fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces are clearing roads after liberation of Raqqa, Syria October ... BEIRUT (Reuters) - Unexploded landmines left by Islamic State fighters cover every inch of their former Syrian capital of Raqqa, a U.N. official said on ...
Blue flags belonging to the so-called Raqqa Internal Security Force (RIFS) were spotted in a convoy of vehicles that traveled to Afrin from northeastern Syria on Monday night, according to pictures and videos provided by local media. The U.S.-led coalition has been training a Raqqa security force to police ...
Unexploded landmines left by Islamic State fighters cover every inch of their former Syrian capital of Raqqa, a U.N. official said on Tuesday, advising civilians against returning to their homes there. About 60,000 Syrians have returned to the ruins of Raqqa since Islamic State left, Panos Moumtzis, U.N. ...
In October, Kurdish militias captured the Syrian city of Raqqa with the help of U.S. planes and special forces. We report from inside the former ISIS stronghold. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email. Get The Stories That Grabbed Us This Week. Delivered to your inbox, these are the NPR stories you don't want ...
Health services are severely affected by the civil war inside Syria. Many clinics were damaged and had to close or ran out of medicines or medical equipment required to provide effective services, capacities of health care services was never intended to cope with the needs they are currently observing due ...
The sobering assessments come despite a concerted effort to encircle and “annihilate” — as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis put it — Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, the group's self-proclaimed capital, which fell in the fall, and pursue other insurgents who fled south into the Euphrates River Valley toward the ...
On 3rd January of this year, Islamic State (IS) released a video that belongs to what has become a familiar gory genre. A balaclava-clad Briton, flanked by four other masked jihadis, stood behind five kneeling men from Raqqa, the IS-held city in northern Syria. The prisoners were softly mouthing prayers.
Large parts of Raqqa are in utter ruin as a result of the battle between "Islamic State" forces and coalition troops. The area was liberated in October, but only now are residents cautiously returning to the city. Syrians cycling past destroyed buildings ...
A U.N. humanitarian official says booby traps and other explosives left behind by the Islamic State group in the Syrian city of Raqqa have killed or wounded an average of 50 people per week since U.S.-backed fighters expelled the radical group in October. Jan Egeland says civilians are returning to their ...
The Russian Ministry of Defence has criticised Western policy on the reconstruction of the Syrian city of Raqqa, saying that if it is not revised, it will keep the city under piles of rubble. Moscow expressed its surprise at Western statements and plans related to the reconstruction of the city, especially those ...
The Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTOM) General Joseph L. Votel visited the Syrian city of Raqqa, currently under the occupation of terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)'s Syrian offshoot, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), following the operation launched by Turkey on Saturday, ...
But this Iraqi child's love for the United States comes from one of the darkest places on earth: Raqqa, the former capital of the so-called Islamic State, where he was raised in captivity by an ISIS fighter and his American wife. "I like America. I want to go next, this family, I want to go next to her," Ayham says of ...
Such is the typical fare served up by Isis's propaganda machine, which remains very much alive three months after the fall of the terrorist organisation's capital in Raqqa, Syria. The self-proclaimed caliphate has been reduced to a handful of villages in the Syrian desert, but the “virtual caliphate” fights on, ...
Raqqa was once an ISIS stronghold, but Syrian rebels — backed by a U.S. air campaign — pushed ISIS out last year. Before residents can move back, landmines and booby traps must be dealt with. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email ...
In the dimly lit basement of what was once a soccer stadium in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, CENTCOM commander Gen. Joseph L. Votel and Mark Green, the U.S. Agency for International Development administrator, walked through the rubble on Monday and listened to a U.S. military escort tell ...
What The U.S. Presence Is Doing In Raqqa Despite Wishes Of Syrian Government ... From Raqqa, a look at how people in the city are putting their lives back together and what the U.S. is doing. MARY LOUISE ... We took a drive right through central Raqqa, got out and walked around the soccer stadium.
"King Falafel is famous here," Qassab said, smiling as customers crowded his tiny shop in central Raqqa. Only a few months ago, the northern Syrian city was still the inner sanctum of the Islamic State (IS) group's now defunct "caliphate". A huge military operation, led on the ground by Kurdish fighters and ...


 

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