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U.S.-Backed Forces Say They Have Taken Raqqa, Islamic State’s Last Urban Stronghold

October 17, 2017 7:35 PM
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Syrian Democratic Forces say four-month battle for de facto capital is over

BEIRUT—U.S.-backed forces said Tuesday they have captured Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, driving the extremists from a Syrian city that became synonymous with their reign of terror and was used as a nerve center to stage attacks on the West.

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