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Press Release | Oct. 10, 2017

Raqqah residents flee last Daesh-held portion of city


Oct. 10, 2017
Release # 20171010-02

SOUTHWEST ASIA - The Raqqah Civil Council, in conjunction with local Arab tribal elders, is taking a special interest in protecting civilians and preventing a significant humanitarian crisis as the fall of Daesh's so-called capital draws nearer.

The Raqqah Civil Council is leading discussions to determine the best way to enable civilians trapped by Daesh to exit the city, where some are being held as human shields by the terrorists. Those departing Raqqah who are found to have fought for Daesh will be turned over to local authorities to face justice.

"We have a responsibility to defeat Daesh while preserving civilian life to the greatest extent possible," said Coalition Director of Operations Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga. "Make no mistake: a lot of hard fighting remains and we are committed to the lasting defeat of Daesh."

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