Syrian capital Raqqa freed from IS

The Syrian democratic services say that 3 years of Jihadist rule in Raqqa is over.Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a five-month assault.

An official statement declaring victory in the city and the end of three years of IS rule is expected to be made soon.

Sello  added that clearing operations were now under way to uncover any jihadist sleeper cells and remove landmines.

IS seized Raqqa in early 2014, months after it became the first Syrian provincial capital to fall to the rebels in the civil war, and made it the headquarters of its self-styled “caliphate”.Raqqa was transformed by the group, which implemented an extreme interpretation of Islamic law and used beheadings, crucifixions and torture to terrorise residents who opposed its rule.