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‘Children pick up things that explode in their hands’ – HRW calls for Raqqa de-mining efforts

Raqqa residents are desperate for more support from the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition for de-mining efforts as hundreds of people have already been killed, says HRW’s Nadim Houry. Hundreds of civilians, including over 150 children, have been killed by homemade landmines in Syria’s Raqqa since its liberation from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, according ...

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‘Ghost town’: Residents of ‘liberated’ Raqqa left to rebuild their ruined city unaided

Months after its liberation from ISIS by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, Raqqa still lies in ruins. However, neither the militants nor the coalition itself seem to be keen on helping to rebuild the destroyed Syrian city. The north-eastern Syrian city, which was once the de-facto capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist caliphate, was retaken back ...

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115 bodies of civilians & Syrian troops killed by ISIS recovered from 2 mass graves in Raqqa (VIDEO)

Published time: 31 Dec, 2017 05:05 Edited time: 31 Dec, 2017 05:48 Two mass graves uncovered near the former terrorist stronghold of Raqqa became the final resting place for dozens of Syrians executed by ISIS. The effort to recover their remains is underway, with at least 115 bodies found so far. After the liberation of the former capital of the ...

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British volunteer killed clearing landmines in Raqqa after joining fight against ISIS

Published time: 30 Nov, 2017 11:21 A British man who travelled to Syria to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has died. Oliver Hall, from the south of England, was killed on November 25 during a mine clearance operation in Raqqa, the former IS capital. Hall, 24, was working alongside the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) when he died, an ...

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Secret Mossad op in Raqqa uncovered laptop bomb plot, prompting device ban on UK flights

Published time: 24 Nov, 2017 10:07 Edited time: 24 Nov, 2017 10:07 Ever wondered why British authorities won’t let you take your laptop in carry-on luggage when flying back from certain Middle East countries? Details of a secret Israeli operation in Syria have now emerged, offering a few answers. Airlines abruptly stopped letting passengers take laptops in their cabin baggage ...

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US coalition occupied, not liberated Raqqa from ISIS – Syrian FM

The US-led coalition has cruelly destroyed civilian infrastructure and has occupied the city of Raqqa it captured from ISIS, Syria’s Foreign Ministry has said, accusing the “illegitimate alliance” of misleading the international community about its true intentions. “Syria considers the claims of the United States and its so-called alliance about the liberation of Raqqa city from ISIS to be lies ...

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Russia says ISIS controls less than 5% of Syria as rights groups raise alarm over Raqqa

The area controlled by Islamic State in Syria has been reduced to less than 5 percent, the Russian Defense Ministry said, but human rights groups remain concerned about the “dire humanitarian situation” in Raqqa, captured from jihadists by US-backed militias. Read more “Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] currently controls less than 5 percent of Syrian territory,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey ...

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Anti-ISIS Briton killed clearing landmines in Syria, 1 week after Raqqa liberated

Published time: 24 Oct, 2017 13:27 A British man who traveled to Syria to fight ISIS was killed while clearing landmines in Raqqa. Jac Holmes’ family thought he’d “be home for Christmas” after surviving the worst of the fighting that drove the terrorist group out of the city last week. Holmes, a 24-year-old former IT worker from Bournemouth, had no ...

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‘Leveled like Dresden’: Raqqa aid haste hints at cover up of ‘barbaric destruction’ – Moscow

What the US-led coalition did to Syria’s Raqqa is comparable to the infamous Allied bombing of Dresden in 1945, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that the allies may be rushing to pour money into Raqqa to cover up the aftermath. Raqqa, which has served as the Syrian stronghold of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) since January ...

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Victory through annihilation: Ruin, death & discord left after US-led coalition takes Raqqa

The capture of Syria’s Raqqa by US-backed militias from jihadists came at the high cost of the virtual annihilation of the city itself. This victory, reminiscent of the one in Mosul, northern Iraq, could now pit the militias against the Syrian army. Raqqa, the Syrian stronghold of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has now been declared “liberated” ...

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