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Raqqa to be part of decentralized Syria, U.S.-backed SDF says

Reuters , Friday 20 Oct 2017
A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces stands amidst the ruins of buildings near the Clock Square in Raqqa, Syria October 18, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)
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The Syrian city of Raqqa and 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 of Raqqa province 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 declaring Raqqa's capture from IS.


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