US-Backed Forces Hail ‘Historic’ Raqa Victory Over ISIS But Challenges Galore

0
125

Raqa: The Kurdish-led force that ousted the ISIS terrorist group from Raqa, Syria, praised a “historic victory” on Friday in the devastated city and promised to hand over power to a civilian administration.

Three days after fully retaking the northern city, once considered the inner sanctuary of the “caliphate” now terrorist terrorist, the Syrian Democratic Forces held an official ceremony in a stadium to commemorate its victory.

But the group failed to transfer authority to the Raqa Civil Council because it said the munitions had to be removed before the city could be left in civilian hands.

SDF spokesman Talal Sello, speaking in front of a modest crowd of fighters and council members, said that this week’s victory over ISIS was “all mankind.”

For three years, Raqa saw some of ISIS’s worst abuses and became one of its main centers of government, a center for its powerful propaganda machine and its unprecedented experiment in jihadist status.