US military says IS ‘capital’ of Raqqa 90 percent freed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says the Syrian city of Raqqa is about 90 percent cleared of Islamic State fighters.

After the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced that Raqqa was fully liberated on Tuesday, a spokesman for the coalition, Col. Ryan Dillon, told reporters at the Pentagon that more fighting remained.

Dillion, speaking from his headquarters in Baghdad, said “pockets of resistance” can be expected as local Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters allied with the U.S....

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