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Islamic State's capital Raqqa falls

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters ride atop military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa.



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Syrian Democratic Forces fighters ride atop military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters ride atop military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Flags of Syrian Democratic Forces are placed at Naim roundabout after the liberation in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Flags of Syrian Democratic Forces are placed at Naim roundabout after the liberation in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Flags of Syrian Democratic Forces are placed at Naim roundabout after the liberation in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces place flags at Naim Square after liberating Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces place flags at Naim Square after liberating Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces place flags at Naim Square after liberating Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dance along a street in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dance along a street in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dance along a street in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces take a selfie at the stadium after it was retaken from the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces take a selfie at the stadium after it was retaken from the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces take a selfie at the stadium after it was retaken from the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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The ruins of a shopping centre are seen in Raqqa, afterthe city was liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The ruins of a shopping centre are seen in Raqqa, afterthe city was liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The ruins of a shopping centre are seen in Raqqa, afterthe city was liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A civilian prays after she was rescued by fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces from the stadium after Raqqa was liberated. 


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A civilian prays after she was rescued by fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces from the stadium after Raqqa was liberated. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A civilian prays after she was rescued by fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces from the stadium after Raqqa was liberated. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces ride atop a vehicle after Raqqa was liberated from Islamic State militants. 


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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces ride atop a vehicle after Raqqa was liberated from Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces ride atop a vehicle after Raqqa was liberated from Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces gesture the "V" sign in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces gesture the "V" sign in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces gesture the "V" sign in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride atop of military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa. 


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Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride atop of military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride atop of military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A female fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces is seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A female fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces is seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A female fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces is seen in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces raise a white flag near the National Hospital complex where the Islamic State militants are holed up, at the frontline. 

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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces raise a white flag near the National Hospital complex where the Islamic State militants are holed up, at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces raise a white flag near the National Hospital complex where the Islamic State militants are holed up, at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces ride atop of a vehicle after Raqqa was liberated from Islamic State militants. 


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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces ride atop of a vehicle after Raqqa was liberated from Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces ride atop of a vehicle after Raqqa was liberated from Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces inspects an RPG at his position inside a building at the frontline. 


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A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces inspects an RPG at his position inside a building at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces inspects an RPG at his position inside a building at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Female fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa.


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Female fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Female fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Military vehicles in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Military vehicles in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Military vehicles in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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A female sniper of the Syrian Democratic Forces looks through the scope of her rifle as she takes up a position opposite the National Hospital where the Islamic State militants are holed up. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A female sniper of the Syrian Democratic Forces looks through the scope of her rifle as she takes up a position opposite the National Hospital where the Islamic State militants are holed up. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A female sniper of the Syrian Democratic Forces looks through the scope of her rifle as she takes up a position opposite the National Hospital where the Islamic State militants are holed up. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces inside a vehicle.

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Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces inside a vehicle. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces inside a vehicle. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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A British volunteer fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces runs for cover to avoid sniper fire of Islamic State militants, at the frontline. 


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A British volunteer fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces runs for cover to avoid sniper fire of Islamic State militants, at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A British volunteer fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces runs for cover to avoid sniper fire of Islamic State militants, at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces places empty plastic bottles on stairs of a building at their positions, at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces places empty plastic bottles on stairs of a building at their positions, at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces places empty plastic bottles on stairs of a building at their positions, at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces fixes his hair using a broken mirror at the frontline. 



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A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces fixes his hair using a broken mirror at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces fixes his hair using a broken mirror at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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An American volunteer fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces fires an RPG during a battle with Islamic State militants at the frontline.


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An American volunteer fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces fires an RPG during a battle with Islamic State militants at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

An American volunteer fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces fires an RPG during a battle with Islamic State militants at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A vehicle destroyed by an air strike by coalition forces is pictured among the rubble along a road at the frontline. 


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A vehicle destroyed by an air strike by coalition forces is pictured among the rubble along a road at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A vehicle destroyed by an air strike by coalition forces is pictured among the rubble along a road at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces at the frontline. 


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Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A uniform of a member of Islamic State militants is pictured as it was displayed by the Syrian Democratic forces at their positions inside a building at the frontline. 


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A uniform of a member of Islamic State militants is pictured as it was displayed by the Syrian Democratic forces at their positions inside a building at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A uniform of a member of Islamic State militants is pictured as it was displayed by the Syrian Democratic forces at their positions inside a building at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces helps his comrade wash his hair at their position at the frontline. 


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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces helps his comrade wash his hair at their position at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces helps his comrade wash his hair at their position at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces inspect weapons and munitions recovered at the former positions of the Islamic State militants inside a building at the frontline. 


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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces inspect weapons and munitions recovered at the former positions of the Islamic State militants inside a building at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces inspect weapons and munitions recovered at the former positions of the Islamic State militants inside a building at the frontline. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A member of Syrian Democratic Forces runs for cover from the sniper fire of the Islamic State militants near the stadium. 


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A member of Syrian Democratic Forces runs for cover from the sniper fire of the Islamic State militants near the stadium. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A member of Syrian Democratic Forces runs for cover from the sniper fire of the Islamic State militants near the stadium. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces near the stadium. 


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Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces near the stadium. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Smoke rises at the positions of the Islamic State militants after an air strike by the coalition forces near the stadium. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces takes a selfie as he stands near rubble at a damaged site in Raqqa. 


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A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces takes a selfie as he stands near rubble at a damaged site in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces takes a selfie as he stands near rubble at a damaged site in Raqqa. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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An armoured fighting vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces manoeuvres at the frontline in Raqqa. 


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An armoured fighting vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces manoeuvres at the frontline in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

An armoured fighting vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces manoeuvres at the frontline in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces takes up a position inside a house in Raqqa. 


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A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces takes up a position inside a house in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces takes up a position inside a house in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Smoke rises in the stadium as members of Syrian Democratic Forces battle with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. 


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Smoke rises in the stadium as members of Syrian Democratic Forces battle with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Smoke rises in the stadium as members of Syrian Democratic Forces battle with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Members of Syrian Democratic Forces take up positions inside a building as they battle Islamic State militants in Raqqa. 


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Members of Syrian Democratic Forces take up positions inside a building as they battle Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Members of Syrian Democratic Forces take up positions inside a building as they battle Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Members of Syrian Democratic Forces take up positions on the rooftop of a house during a battle with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. 



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Members of Syrian Democratic Forces take up positions on the rooftop of a house during a battle with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Members of Syrian Democratic Forces take up positions on the rooftop of a house during a battle with Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A view of Raqqa's National Hospital, last stronghold of the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa. 


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A view of Raqqa's National Hospital, last stronghold of the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A view of Raqqa's National Hospital, last stronghold of the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces pass through a hole in the wall as they advance their positions towards the Islamic State militants who are holed up at a stadium in Raqqa. 


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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces pass through a hole in the wall as they advance their positions towards the Islamic State militants who are holed up at a stadium in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces pass through a hole in the wall as they advance their positions towards the Islamic State militants who are holed up at a stadium in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A member of Syrian Democratic Forces who was wounded during a battle with Islamic State militants smokes a cigarette in Raqqa. 


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A member of Syrian Democratic Forces who was wounded during a battle with Islamic State militants smokes a cigarette in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A member of Syrian Democratic Forces who was wounded during a battle with Islamic State militants smokes a cigarette in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A view of buildings destroyed during clashes between Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa.


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A view of buildings destroyed during clashes between Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A view of buildings destroyed during clashes between Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces takes cover near the stadium in Raqqa. 


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A fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces takes cover near the stadium in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces takes cover near the stadium in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A member of Syrian Democratic Forces drives a vehicle past destroyed buildings in Raqqa. 

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A member of Syrian Democratic Forces drives a vehicle past destroyed buildings in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A member of Syrian Democratic Forces drives a vehicle past destroyed buildings in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Destroyed buildings are pictured during sunset at the frontline in Raqqa. 


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Destroyed buildings are pictured during sunset at the frontline in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Destroyed buildings are pictured during sunset at the frontline in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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