Raqqa to be part of decentralized Syria, U.S.-backed SDF says
Reuters, , Friday 20 Oct 2017

The Syrian city ofRaqqaand surrounding province will be part of a decentralised federal Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia that captured the city from Islamic State groub (IS) said on Friday.

"We pledge to protect the borders of the province against all external threats, and we confirm that the future ofRaqqaprovince will be determined by its people within the framework of a decentralised, federal democratic Syria in which the people of the province will run their own affairs," the SDF said in a statement formally declaringRaqqa's capture from IS.