ISIS left reeling after coalition drives group out of de facto capital - Boston Herald

U.S.-backed forces claim they’ve routed Islamic State fighters from Raqqa, declaring victory after months of fighting in the terrorist group’s de facto Syrian capital, eroding its ability to launch attacks and delivering a major symbolic loss to the so-called caliphate, experts say.“This was the last vestige of the caliphate,” said RAND Corp. terror analyst Colin Clarke.“Clearly it is the loss of physical territory,” Clarke told the Herald, referring to an ISIS realm that once included vast swaths of both Syria and Iraq.What drew these foreign fighters from around the world is the caliphate.U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces yesterday celebrated taking control of the northern Syrian city that ISIS controlled and used as its capital for three years — notoriously staging barbaric executions and holding women as purported sex slaves.


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