After a grueling four-month battle, they captured the terrorist group's de facto capital on Tuesday, dealing a critical blow to the fast-collapsing "caliphate."
Brig. Gen. Talal Sello, of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), announced that fighting in the city was finally over after the militia put down ISIS' last stand in the city's stadium, which the terror group had used as a prison and arms depot. "Everything is finished in Raqqa. Our forces have taken full control of Raqqa," Sello told AFP. Fighters from the SDF, an alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab militias, raised a flag inside the stadium Tuesday, and victorious fighters could be seen celebrating in the streets, Reuters reported. Continue reading on VICE News.