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Raqqa Has Fallen, The Last ISIS Holdout by The Elephant's Child
October 18, 2017, 6:37 am
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Raqqa, the city that was the headquarters and self-proclaimed capital of their “Caliphate” has fallen. Clearing up operations remain. The city is full of land mines, but the Syrian Democratic Forces are firmly in control.

Earlier in the day, the Kurdish-led SDF forces captured the city hospital, the last remaining ISIS holdout in Raqqa. The facility had been both a hospital and a command center. That left ISIS militants cornered in and around the stadium, which they turned into a brutal prison where they held anyone who opposed their rule. A spokesman said:

The stadium is a huge structure with underground rooms and tunnels. There are also buildings around it” still under the control of IS, he said and added that “there is nothing decisive today.”

On Monday, the Kurdish-led SDF captured “Paradise Square,” Raqqa’s infamous public square where Islamic State militants used to perform killings and beheadings, forcing residents to watch after summoning them with loudspeakers.

Bodies and severed heads would linger there for days, mounted on posts. Residents described how the bodies of those slain would be labelled, each with his or her perceived crime, for the public to see.

The battle for Raqqa began in June and has dragged on for weeks. The city is devastated and most buildings are leveled and in ruins. The last black ISIS flag was flying at the Hospital.

ADDENDUM: Investors notes that the Trump administration has defeated ISIS in months, after Obama found it impossible “to eradicate “a cancer like (ISIS). It will take time to root them out” He said it was a long term and extremely complex challenge. That was after he called them the JV team.

A former senior military commander in the region told the Washington Examiner that the Obama White House was micromanaging the war “to the degree that it was just as bad, if not worse, than during the Johnson administration.” Johnson, you will recall, once bragged that “they can’t bomb an outhouse in Vietnam without my permission.”

Trump consulted his generals, made several changes in the way the war was fought, and had the Pentagon loosen the rules of engagement to the minimum required by international law and eliminated the White House oversight procedures.

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