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140140Z OCT 17


The battle for Raqqa started with the US-backed, mainly Kurdish SDF attacking the IS capital on June 5. IS now controls less than 20% of the city.

Washington Post:

Some 100 fighters from the Islamic State group handed themselves over to U.S.-backed fighters in the northern city of Raqqa Friday as fighting continued with remaining gunmen in a pocket inside the city.

Omar Alloush of the Raqqa Civilian Council did not give details how the 100 fighters surrendered but said fighting is still ongoing in parts of the city that was once the de facto capital of IS.

U.S.-backed fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces have been on the offensive in Raqqa since early June and have so far captured more than 80 percent of the city under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.


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Raqqa, Al-Raqqah Governorate is in the middle of the map below.

47.2° N
16.5° E
61.5° E
24.7° N


Raqqa, Al-Raqqah Governorate, Syria

Syria (SY) is estimated to have a population of 18.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -2.3% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will decrease by 2 million.