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Islamic State group loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqqa

DAMASCUS: US-backed forces took full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group on Tuesday, defeating the last militant holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate". The victory caps a battle of more than four months for Raqqa, and hammers another nail in the coffin of the militant group's experiment in statehood, which has collapsed in the face of offensives in Syria and Iraq. Inside Raqqa, joyous fighters from the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces celebrated and raised their…