MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump said in a statement he was "pleased to announce" that the Syrian Democratic Forces, predominantly Kurdish forces supported by the US-led coalition, had "successfully recaptured" the city.
He also said that the liberation of Raqqa was a critical breakthrough in the campaign against Daesh, adding that "the end of the ISIS [Daesh] caliphate is in sight."
President Trump issues statement on Syrian forces recapturing Raqqa from ISIS. “The end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.” pic.twitter.com/nOzQSsqfQB— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) 21 октября 2017 г.
The leaders of the terrorists, as well as anyone who supports them, "must and will face justice," Trump concluded.
The US-led coalition confirmed that Raqqa had been liberated from Daesh and congratulated the Syrian Democratic Forces with a victory over terrorist group. The battle for the city has lasted for months.