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US-backed Syrian forces capture Raqqa, ISIS centre of global operations

The liberation overnight of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the “capital’’ of Islamic State’s self-declared Caliphate, is a profound blow not only against ISIL, but against the toxic ideology is espouses. Ever since it fell to the militants in 2014 Raqqa has been used as a symbol of Islamic State’s strength and power. At the height of its influence ISIL claimed control of territory stretching from Syria across northern Iraq and encompassing the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. ISIL’s propaganda machine pumped out thousands of images depicting life in the…

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