The alliance captured the last staging grounds of the jihadists in the city and removed the last flag of the militant group. At the same time, the American forces think that it is too early to announce the complete liberation of Raqqa while there are still hundreds of militants.
The official announcement on the win over the ISIS in Raqqa is going to be released when the city will be completely cleared from the mines and possible lairs units of the militant group as representative of the SDF Talal Silo reported.
‘We know that there are improvised explosive devices in the regions earlier controlled by the ISIS and the SDF will continue to work in this regions’, spokesman of the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State and US-Army Colonel Ryan Dillon claimed.
He added that the coalition did not launch any airstrike at the city on October 16 due to the fact that the four-month battle for Raqqa came to the closing stage.
At the same time, the American forces reported to Reuters that they liberated only 90% of Raqqa from the ISIS militants.
Earlier it was reported that the soldiers of the SDF began the final offense on the ISIS in Raqqa on October 15 when the majority of the jihadists left the city within the agreement with the tribal elders. 300 militants remained in the city to defend the location of the militant group. They jihadists had the choice to ‘surrender or die’ when they were enveloped by the alliance forces as Talal Silo reported. The Raqqa Civil Council reported that the terrorists asked to let them leave the city and captured about 400 local citizens to use them as the alive shields during the leaving of their former capital.