A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling the Islamic State group says the city of Raqqah has been liberated from Islamic State militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells.
Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told the Associated Press on Tuesday that there are no longer clashes going on in the city.
Sillo said a formal declaration would follow about “the fall of the capital of terrorism.”
U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces captured the hospital in Raqqah on Tuesday, leaving Islamic State militants holed up at the city stadium, their last stand in the fight over what was once the extremists’ de facto capital.