BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to enter Raqqa city in northern Syria for the first time since 2013, a military source told Al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army has begun moving its troops to the area around the city as they have been given the green light to enter once the U.S. Armed Forces withdraw.

The source said the U.S. military has already begun withdrawing from Al-Raqqa, adding that the Syrian Army will not enter until all of the former’s forces are gone from the city.

This is a major development in northern Syria as the Syrian Army’s return to Raqqa marks the first time since 2013 that their troops will enter this city in northern Syria.

Raqqa was previously the Islamic State’s capital city during their reign of terror in both Syria and Iraq.

The city was previously captured by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Nusra during their 2013 offensive in northern Syria.

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Peter Wallace
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Time to clean up the mess the previous occupants made but left untouched and now leaving it to someone else .. who actually cares.

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Raqqa citizens finally are going to recevie help. Great news indeed. Have you ever watched the YPG’s Raqqa reconstruction PR videos?

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No I haven’t. Seen videos of the people that go around digging out the bodies and log all the information. No one is interested in or able to investigate them as there are just too many and no chance of holding anyone to account for their deaths.

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Nestor Arapa

Al redistribuir el ejercito Sirio su contingencia en varios territorios debilita la ofensiva que iba teniendo en Idlib, Erdogan siempre seguirá ayudando a los terroristas en Siria y con esta acción lo está demostrando burlándose de Rusia e Irán.

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At least they are not fighting on several fronts like last year but agree , only so many men to cover so much.