Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand around city stadium

By REUTERS
October 17, 2017 11:30
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US-backed militias said on Tuesday they are battling Islamic State around Raqqa stadium, the jihadists' last foothold in their former Syrian capital, after seizing a nearby hospital.

The fall of Raqqa city, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, and from which it planned attacks abroad, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement's collapsing fortunes.

It is now hemmed into a tiny bomb-cratered patch of the city around the stadium that is pounded from the air by a US-led coalition and encircled by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters.

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