U.S.-backed forces wrest Raqqa from IS

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Mains Paper 2: IR | Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate

The following things are important from UPSC perspective:

Prelims: Geographical position of Raqqa

Mains level: Significant development against the ISIS

Full control of Raqqa

  1. U.S.-backed forces took full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group
  2. It was done after defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered ‘caliphate’

Why is the Raqqa so important?

  1. Raqqa, the most important urban center for Daesh after Mosul, has long been considered the terrorist organization’s capital by the U.S.-led international coalition forces

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