Ar Raqqah

Ar Raqqah

(är räk`kä) or

El Rashid

(ĕl räshēd`), city (1995 est. pop. 120,000), capital of Ar Raqqah governorate, N Syria, on the Euphrates River. Carpets are manufactured, and the city has an agricultural experimental station. The ancient Nicephorium, Ar Raqqah was prominent during the early Abbasid caliphate. Caliph Harun ar-RashidHarun ar-Rashid
[Arab.,=Aaron the Upright], c.764–809, 5th and most famous Abbasid caliph (786–809). He succeeded his brother Musa al-Hadi, fourth caliph, a year after the death of his father, Mahdi, the third caliph.
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 built a summer palace there and used the town as military headquarters against Byzantium. Ar Raqqah was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th cent.; some ruins remain. In the Syrian civil war that began in 2011 the city was taken by rebels in 2013. From 2014 to 2017 it was the headquarters of the Islamic StateIslamic State
(IS), Sunni Islamic militant group committed to the establishment of an Islamic caliphate that would unite Muslims in a transnational, strict-fundamentalist Islamic state.
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, which destroyed Shiite mosques and Christian churches there; widespread devastation resulted from the fight to retake the city. The modern name also appears as Raqqa and Rakka.
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Six strikes in Syria near Abu Kamal, Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az Zawr, Manbij, and Mar'a destroyed six oil tanker trucks, three oil pump jacks, and engaged several IS supply routes and tactical units, the report said.
In Syria, four strikes near the cities of Al Shadaddi, Ar Raqqah, and Mar'a hit a Daesh finance center, a weapons storage facility, and two tactical units, the statement said.
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La primera ofensiva militar de esta nueva fuerza multiple--a la que tambien se unieron fuerzas yazidies--se desarrolla en la region oriental siria, especialmente en las provincias de Al Hasakah y Ar Raqqah y pretende recuperar territorios dominados por el El, impedirles el acceso a los pozos petroleros en estas zonas y tomar Sinjar para cortar la via de suministros logisticos que conectan a la ciudad de Mosul en Iraq con la localidad siria de Raqqah, conocida como la "capital" del EI.
A statement from the US Central Command said, "The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple IS targets in the vicinity of the towns of Ar Raqqah in north central Syria, Dayr az Zawr and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria and Al Hasakah in northeastern Syria.
The hard work paid off when the Raptor made its combat debut recently as part of an overnight airstrike on 14 ISIL targets in Syria in the vicinity of Ar Raqqah, Dayr az Zawr, Al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal.
In Syria, 16 air strikes near Abu Kamal, Al Shadaddi, Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az Zawr, Idlib, Manbij, Mar'a destroyed eight oil well heads, 11 oil tanker trucks, 11 petroleum, oil and lubricant equipment assets, an oil storage tank, an oil drum cache, an IS machine gun, a vehicle, and several fighting positions, the report showed.
In Syria, a single strike near Ar Raqqah hit one Daesh tactical unit and a vehicle, the statement said.
In Syria, nine airstrikes hit IS facilities near Abu Kamal, Ar Raqqah, Manbij, and Palmyra, the report showed.
In Syria, four airstrikes near Ar Raqqah and Mar'a hit a Daesh tactical unit, a fighting position, and an oil pump jack.
In Syria, the strikes hit near the areas of Abu Kamal, Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az Zawr and Manbij, where four strikes struck four IS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position, the report noted.
In Syria, the coalition carried out eight airstrikes against ISIS targets, militants, vehicles and positions near Tal Abyad, Al Hawl, Ar Raqqah and Al Hasakah, it said in a press statement on Saturday.