Syria: Raqqa Lies in Ruins

The city of Raqqa, which for nearly two years escaped the horrors of the the civil war in Syria, has been sucked into the fighting and now lies in ruins, writes Ziad Haydar.

al-monitor A sign on the road to Raqqa in eastern Syria, Nov. 11, 2010. Photo by REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri.

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syrian revolution, syrian opposition, syrian, aleppo

Mar 7, 2013

The armed opposition has dragged the Syrian army into yet another battle that will lead to yet more destruction and bloodshed. With this, Raqqa city, where the situation had been calm for two years, has joined the tragic flow of incidents in Syria. Military reinforcements consisting of destructive tanks are on their way to Raqqa, while tanks at the military points near the city are shelling militant positions and “declaring huge losses in their ranks.” Meanwhile, the air force is constantly hovering in the city’s skies as they seek  destructive victories that have made opposition militants jubilant. Opposition activists are warning of gangs “from Aleppo suburbs that have invaded the western part of Raqqa” and carried out theft in the city.

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