ANALYSIS: Stronger, stable Middle East states the most effective answer to ISIS

Thursday, 18 January 2018

ISIS weakness is now tangible. The terrorist group used to control an area as big as the United Kingdom. Now it has lost control even over its stronghold Raqqa. Once ISIS used to be the richest terrorist group, with an estimated $2 billion in 2015, but now its revenues have dwindled, falling from $81 million per month in 2015 to $16 million per month in 2017. Despite this, in 2016 ISIS managed to increase in terms of both the number of victims and number of countries in which was operating. ...

Two mass graves found in Raqqa, Syrian state media reports

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Two mass graves containing dozens of bodies of civilians and Syrian troops killed by ISIS have been found in the west of Raqqa province, state news agency SANA reported Friday.The bodies were discovered based on information provided by residents near Wawi in the west of the province, which borders Turkey. It said they had been executed.Recovery operations were expected to last several days "due to the huge area of the two mass graves", SANA quoted a source from the Syrian civil defense ...

Gruesome ISIS video purports to show Syrian pilot burned alive

Saturday, 2 December 2017

ISIS has released a video allegedly showing a Syrian pilot that the extremists captured more than a year ago being set on fire while alive. The video released late Thursday allegedly showed Maj. Azzam Eid being chained to a tree while wearing a red uniform before being set on fire. The man could be heard screaming in pain before his body became charred. It was not clear when the killing occurred and ISIS did not give further details in the video released. The video included old footage of ISIS ...

More than 400 US troops leaving Syria

Friday, 1 December 2017

More than 400 US Marines and their artillery are leaving Syria after helping to capture the city of Raqqa from ISIS, the US-led coalition fighting the militant group said on Thursday. Last month, US-backed militias declared victory in Raqqa, ISIS’s former headquarters in Syria, after months of fighting with the help of the US-led coalition. "With the city liberated and ISIS on the run, the unit has been ordered home. Its replacements have been called off," the coalition said in ...

International coalition: 300 ISIS fighters might have fled from Raqqa

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The International Coalition stated, after a month since Syria's democratic forces restored Raqqa, that dozens of foreign fighters could have been hiding among civilians and might have managed to escape elsewhere during the evacuation of 3,000 civilians from the city. Col. Ryan Dillon, the spokesman for the coalition forces, said there were about 300 militants who had been identified as potential fighters but not all those fighters who fled Raqqa were identified. The local council of Raqqa and ...

An urgent letter to President Trump regarding the situation in Raqqa

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

President Trump, may God bless you and keep you safe from the evil hands of those Democrats and Leftists who have their influence on global media and who continue their attempts to distort your image and beguile the world, even though you are the elected President of the United States of America, the world’s superpower without whose influence nothing occurs in the world and if they occur it is out of the apathy of the United States of America. Dear Mr. President, I hope you allow me to ...

Khalaf Ali Alkhalaf

First civilians return to Raqqa after mines cleared

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Hundreds of civilians have returned to a battered district of Syria’s Raqa in what a US-backed force said was the first wave of returns since it cleared explosives left by militants. The ISIS group lost control of Raqqa - once its primary Syrian bastion - on October 17 after a months-long battle with the Syrian Democratic Forces. Tens of thousands of people fled the city during the offensive, reducing Raqqa to a ghost town of collapsed buildings. The SDF said in an online statement on ...

VIDEO: Lipstick, mixed dancing at first Raqqa wedding since ISIS

Sunday, 29 October 2017

At a house in Syria’s Raqaa, women and men danced together in celebration at a wedding that would have been unimaginable just months ago, when ISIS ruled the city. Residents told AFP that Ahmad and Heba’s wedding, held Friday in Raqaa’s western neighborhood of Jazra, was the first in the city since US-backed forces seized it on October 17. Out on the patio, a man in a dark robe and a thick puffer vest spun his prayer beads to the beat as he led a line of men and women in the ...

Russia likens US coalition bombing of Raqqa to WWII Dresden

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Russia on Sunday accused the US-led coalition in Syria of having flattened Raqqa with a Dresden-like bombing campaign and masking the destruction with a rush of humanitarian aid. In a statement, the defense ministry said that Raqqa -- the capital of ISIS's self-proclaimed caliphate -- "inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, razed to the ground by Anglo-American bombings." US-backed Kurdish-led forces last week recaptured Raqqa, its last major stronghold in Syria. US officials hailed ...

Saudi Arabia hopes for eradication of terrorism in region after Raqqa victory

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed its happiness and pleasure after the liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa from the grip of ISIS terrorists. In a statement on Saturday, a Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official considered the purification of Raqqa from ISIS as an important step in the fight against terrorism. The official expressed the Kingdom's hope that this step will entail the eradication of terrorism and extremism in Syria, Iraq and the region as a whole.

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