ISIS fighters holed up in Raqqa believed to have women, children to use as human shields

RAQQA, Syria — The heart of Raqqa is shattered, laid rubbish by 3 years of ISIS order and a siege that’s lasted 4 months.

On the front line, U.S.-backed Syrian militiamen motionless to put on a show for the camera. ISIS gunmen are hiding in the hull of a circuitously unit building, they said, but it looked some-more like dullness than genuine fighting. Progress here is grindingly slow.

They know accurately where ISIS is — in a tiny zone of the city — but they can’t flush them out.

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The hull of Raqqa

Around 250 fighters are suspicion to be dug in, some of them in a stadium, others around Naim Square, which ISIS once flashy with severed heads.

But among the fighters are civilians being used as human shields. “They have women and children with them,” commander Zaaem Ahmadi told CBS News. He used to be an electrician in Raqqa, and claims to have killed dozens of ISIS extremists. He took us to see a long-dead corpse.  

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One of the many wandering cats in Raqqa

The only signs of life in many neighborhoods, detached from the fighters, are wandering cats. They’re struggling to survive, like everybody else in this beleaguered city.

U.S.-backed forces continue to contend that they are just days divided from feat in Raqqa, but they’ve already non-stop up a new front serve to the south, where ISIS is being squeezed into a timorous area in the desert. So the fighting will continue.

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