Raqqa ruins combed for bombs, traps

Soldiers with the Syrian Democratic Forces move through the destroyed streets of Raqqa, in Syria, on Oct 12, 2017.
Soldiers with the Syrian Democratic Forces move through the destroyed streets of Raqqa, in Syria, on Oct 12, 2017. PHOTO: NYTIMES

US-backed militia forces were combing through the ruins of Raqqa yesterday, after capturing the Syrian city from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and dashing its dream of a caliphate.

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces were deployed across the rubble-strewn streets to look for unexploded ordnance and booby traps left behind by ISIS militants.

There was no public sign that ISIS fighters, many of them foreigners, holed up in the city had either surrendered en masse or been killed in the last 24 hours of fighting in the city.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2017, with the headline 'Raqqa ruins combed for bombs, traps'. Print Edition | Subscribe