IS leaders leaving Syria’s Raqa, Pentagon says

“We are starting to see now that a lot of senior ISIS leaders, a lot of their bureaucrats… are beginning the process of leaving Raqa,” said Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis, using an alternate acronym for the jihadist group.

“They have definitely taken note of the fact that the end is near in Raqa,” he told reporters, describing a retreat that seems “very organized, orderly.”

After a string of major losses in both Iraq and Syria, the jihadists’ two main strongholds of Mosul and Raqa are both under attack from forces backed by a US-led coalition.

After a massive, four-month campaign, Iraqi forces are tightening the noose on Mosul, while in Syria, the Arab-Kurd alliance, the Syrian Democratic Forces, has been advancing to cut off IS access in Raqa.

Source: Angola Press News Agency