Syrian Democratic Forces claim Isis is almost driven from Raqqa

Syrian Democratic Forces claim army is fighting the last Isis fighters in Raqqa

The fighting is entering its final phase

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have claimed the fight against Islamic State in Raqqa is nearing its endgame, with the jihadists almost driven from their stronghold.

The SDF has said the attack has entered into its final phase, estimating that only around 300 foreign jihadists remain ensconced within a handful of areas.

The city has been subjected to a heavy offensive by the SDF, which is backed by US airstrikes and troops on the ground. 

Defeat in Raqqa would have huge meaning for the group, for it serves as the de facto capital of Isis' so-called caliphate. 

The militants are defedning the territory with occasional shells and sniper fire, but commanders are concerned there are improvised explosive devices planted in the area. 

The city is expected to be under the control of the SDF within days - which could mean the beginning of the end for Isis, which shot to prominence in 2014 by capturing cities such as Raqqa and Mosul in Iraq.