Last stand in Raqqa for ISIS militants

Smoke rises near the stadium where the Islamic State militants are holed up after an air strike by coalition forces at the frontline, in Raqqa, on Oct 12, 2017.
Smoke rises near the stadium where the Islamic State militants are holed up after an air strike by coalition forces at the frontline, in Raqqa, on Oct 12, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Hundreds of hardcore ISIS militants are making a last stand in Raqqa against United States-backed militias, as the terror group teeters on its last legs in Syria.

Raqqa was the first big Syrian city to fall to ISIS as it rampaged through Syria and Iraq in 2014. It has been ISIS' operations centre for attacks abroad and the stage for some of its darkest atrocities. The militias vowed to fight "until the whole city is clean".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2017, with the headline 'Last stand in Raqqa for ISIS militants'. Print Edition | Subscribe