Families Leave Raqqa as US-Backed Forces Claim Victory Over Islamic State

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The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces celebrated victory on October 17 over Islamic State in the group’s former Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

Army Col Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US-led coalition against Islamic State, said on October 18 that 95 percent of the city was under SDF control.

The campaign against Islamic State in Raqqa had gone on for four months, causing extensive damage to the city. The militants first captured Raqqa in 2014.

This video was shared by a Kurdish outlet and shows families being evacuated from Raqqa city. Credit: YouTube/Furat FM via Storyful