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Raqqa recaptured from Islamic State, US-backed forces announce

Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces say they have taken full control of Syrian capital of Isis ‘caliphate’

US-backed forces say they have taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group, defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered “caliphate”.

The Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have been fighting inside the northern city since they broke in on 6 June, said they had flushed the few hundred Isis fighters left in the city from their last positions in the main hospital and the national stadium.

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