(BEIRUT) Latest: After the controversial liberation of #Kirkuk on Tuesday its been announced by Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo that there are no longer clashes taking place in the city of #Raqqa adding the remaining militants are held up in the stadium used as a prison #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.17: US calls for calm between two allies after Iraqi forces seize the coveted oil-rich city of Kirkuk from the Kurds: NOW With 3,250 killed in Raqqa battle, including 1,130 civilians: A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling #ISIS says the city of #Raqqa has been liberated as SDF leaders stated soon after that 99% of #Raqqa was clean from #IS and the cleaning operations around the Hospital were now started liberated from #ISIS militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells #AceNewsDesk reports

Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told the Associated Press on Tuesday that there are no longer clashes going on in the city……….Sillo says a formal declaration will follow befitting “the fall of the capital of terrorism.”………..Dozens of militants who refused to surrender had made their last stand in the city’s stadium, which had become notorious as a prison and dungeons for the group………..It wasn’t immediately clear if the #ISIS militants are still holed up inside the stadium……….The city of Raqqa fell to the #ISIS group in 2014 and became the de facto capital of their self-styled caliphate #AceNewsDesk reports are provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News

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#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – Nov.30 – US forces unleashed at least 30 air strikes against Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] forces in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa on Saturday, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Reuters reported.

The air strikes targeted militant positions in the northern suburbs of Raqqa city, a strategic stronghold of the Islamist group. 

At least 50 extremists from the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) have been killed in US-led airstrikes in the past 24 hours in the town of Kobane, Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The monitor added that the number of deaths was one of the highest daily tolls since the extremists started their assault on Kobani in September.

US-led strikes also hit the 17th Division, a Syrian army base the Islamic State seized in July, the monitoring group reported.


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' Hidden Camera Films Life Under ISIL Rule '

#AceNewsServices SYRIA(Raqqa) September 27 The footage, published by a French TV channel, was filmed by a student in February and April.

The amateur video shows that men and women are carrying weapons as they go about their business in busy streets in the city.

It also shows a woman walking her child to a playground with a rifle on her back.

It shows heavily armed men patrolling roads and parks and women carrying rifles.

The video reveals the presence of a great number of French women in the city.

Reports say about a hundred French women are living alongside militant groups in Syria.



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‘ ISIS Threatens Vladimir Putin in Video ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – September 21 – Russia, which has criticized U.S. plans to launch strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria, could soon become a victim of the militant group, whose members include extremists from Chechnya.

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The Soufan Group, a New York-based intelligence firm, estimated in June that some 200 Chechen fighters were involved in the Syrian conflict.

Earlier this month, ISIS jihadists released a video threatening Russia shortly after they captured an air base in Raqqa, eastern Syria, and seized Russian-made fighter jets. 

In the video, a militant said: “This message is addressed to you, oh Vladimir Putin. These are your aircraft which you sent to [Syrian President] Bashar [al-Assad], and with the help of Allah we’ll send them back to you. Remember this. And with the permission of Allah, we’ll liberate Chechnya and all the Caucasus.”

Marvin Kalb, a senior adviser to the Washington-based Pulitzer Center, told Al Arabiya News: “Putin worries constantly about local insurgents getting field training in Syria, or now in ISIS, and then returning to Russia to implement their new skills.

“Putin doesn’t want them back in Russia, and this is a chronic nightmare for him.”

Alex Melikishvili, a senior analyst at U.S.-based research giant IHS, said it is “entirely conceivable” that returning ISIS fighters would wage war against Russia, just as Chechen insurgents have done over the last two decades.

The longer it takes to destroy ISIS, the higher the likelihood that some of its battle-hardened militants will make their way  to the North Caucasus,” Melikishvili told Al Arabiya News.

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` Al-Qaeda Militant Group in `Syria ‘ releases `Two Spanish Journalists’ after 194 Days in Captivity ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – March 30 – An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group in Syria has released two Spanish journalists after 194 days in captivity.

Correspondent Javier Espinosa and photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were set free Saturday and are reportedly in good health, according to Reuters.

The two men were kidnapped on Sept. 16 in the province of Raqqa, close to the Turkish border.


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Activists have said Islamists have Blown up the Revered ` Shiite Shrine ‘ in Eastern Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – March 26 – Activists said the Islamist fighter of Al-Qaeda splinter group blew up a major Shiite shrine in the city of Raqqa eastern Syria on Wednesday – Reuters.

The mosque was Ammar Ibn Yasser Al-Qami Uys and at one time a popular destination for Pilgrim’s from Iran , Lebanon and Iraq, before that it was controlled by opponents fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The attacks have raised fears of those groups in neighbouring Turkey will be the next target.

Ace News Services


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