Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stability

Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stabilityBy Michael Georgy AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) – A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group’s low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have gained significant ground in the battle for Raqqa, the operational base for Islamic State over the past three years and a symbol of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Senior SDF figures predict Raqqa could fall within months.



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