While the grueling battle to remove Islamic State fighters from Raqqa, the terror group's de facto capital, is over now, much of the Syrian city has been reduced to rubble. The city's Civil Council has established a committee to evaluate the damage and prepare a reconstruction plan. VOA's Mahmoud Bali reports.
While the recent recapture of the Syrian city of Raqqa is a significant blow to the Islamic State and will help seal the defeat of the militants, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say the country likely will remain unstable for years because of other militant groups. VOA's Mahmoud Bali reports.
While the recent recapture of Syria's Raqqa is a significant blow to the Islamic State terror group, images emerging from the militants' former de facto capital show that the cost of four months of grueling battle to oust them has been enormous with most of the buildings reduced to rubble. VOA's Mahmoud Bali reports from the region.
In an attempt to stabilize Raqqa after the Islamic State, the U.S.-backed Raqqa Civil Council on Wednesday announced it has pardoned 96 local members of IS who reportedly did not engage in crimes. VOA's Mahmoud Bali reports.
As Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advance toward Raqqa's downtown, the U.S.-led coalition is intensifying its bombing of Islamic State's targets to pave the way for SDF forces to fully capture IS's de-facto capital. VOA's Mahmoud Bali reports.