U.S. representative counted in raqqa 2500 militants

U.S. representative counted in raqqa 2500 militants

WASHINGTON, 8 Feb — RIA Novosti, Alexei Bogdanovsky. The number of militants of the banned in Russia grouping “Islamic state” defending Raqqa in Syria, is more than two thousand people, told reporters the official representative of the coalition under US leadership Ryan Dillon.

“Now, according to our estimates, in raqqa are the enemy 2500 (militants),” said Dillon.

Raqqa is under the control of the IG since 2013, the city is considered the unofficial capital of the terrorists. In 2016, the coalition led by the U.S. declared the start of the operation to liberate the city, for several months fighting on the outskirts of raqqa to block it. The ground offensive with the support of special forces and aviation of the US-led SDF, which are based on the units of the Syrian Kurds. The participation of Americans is causing the protests of Damascus, which emphasizes that they are acting without the consent of the Syrian authorities, and their presence in the North of Syria, in fact, is intervention.