Russian Troops Enter Raqqa, the Former Capital of IS Group in Syria
Today Russian soldiers entered the city of Raqqa in Syria. That city was freed from IS two years ago by Kurdish militia with American help.
Russia is thus filling the military vacuum in Syria following the sudden withdrawal of US soldiers in October.
Zvezda TV, the television channel of the Russian army, has spread images of Russian soldiers shaking hands with Syrian children in Raqqa and unloading trucks full of humanitarian aid. According to Moscow, Russian doctors have also been shot in action in Raqqa.
That city was for years the “capital” of the terror group IS in Syria but was liberated two years ago by Syrian Kurds with the help of American troops. This happened after months of siege, and the city was largely destroyed.
Recently, US President Donald Trump unexpectedly withdrew his soldiers, and Turkish troops attacked the Syrian Kurds across the border.
The Kurds subsequently agreed with the regime of the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies. Russia fills the military power vacuum after the American withdrawal from Syria.