BEIRUT – A spokesman for US-backed Syrian forces and a warship says Islamic state militants have blown themselves up in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which liberated the extremists nearly two years ago.
UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the militants merged with US-backed Syrian democratic forces and local security forces before they blew up the night before.
SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali confirmed the report and said four IS members blew
Raqqa, as the militants declared their de facto capital, was liberated in October 2017 and had a major blow to the group. The SDF and the US-led coalition continued to fight the militants in the rest of Syria and declared military victory against IS last month. But Syria and Iraq are infected with sleeping cells.