DAMASCUS Filip Forsberg Jersey Sale , Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are mopping up the last Islamic State (IS) holdouts in Syria's northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the terror-designated group, a monitor group reported Thursday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the IS has lost its main stronghold in Syria by losing Raqqa to the Kurdish-led SDF, adding that the remaining IS fighters are hiding in basements and underground shelters in the city center.
The anticipated victory comes following a 108-day battle by the SDF and allied fighters to drive out IS from Raqqa, which the terror-designated group self-declared as its capital in 2014.
The SDF fighters, backed by U.S. special forces, are combing the city to defuse the bombs left by IS, said the Observatory.
The London-based watchdog also said the SDF will declare the full capture of Raqqa once the city is fully cleared of IS militants.
According to the monitor group, 80 percent of the city has been destroyed, and about 3,100 including IS militants have been killed during the months-long offensives in the city.
A source familiar with the situation in Raqqa told Xinhua that the SDF could declare the liberation of the city within hours or a day.
Meanwhile, IS militants are also losing ground in the key eastern province of Deir al-Zour, where the Syrian army has already captured 75 percent of the capital city there.
The SDF is also fighting IS in the northern and eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, striping IS of several areas there.
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TRIPOLI, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Special Representative of the UNSecretary-General in Libya, Ghassan Salame, on Wednesday proposed anew road map to solve the Libyan political crisis during ahigh-level event on Libya in New York hosted by the UNSecretary-General, António Guterres.
Salame's new proposed action plan includes amendment of thecurrent UN-sponsored political agreement, holding a UN-sponsorednational conference for all of Libya's political factions, adoptinga constitution, and finally election of a president and aparliament.
Some members of the eastern-based parliament, which has rejectedthe current political agreement, welcomed Salame's proposal, whileothers rejected it.
Abdussalam Nasia, member of the parliament's dialogue committee,welcomed the action plan, saying it "contains the outlines fortackling the Libyan crisis."
"The action plan is based on rebuilding the state structuresaway from individuals, which earns the building processsignificance for the country and the state, rather than a tribe, acity, or a political and intellectual orientation," Nasia said.
"The best thing about Ghassan Salameh's road map is the lack ofa new transitional period, as well as holding the upcomingelections on the basis of a permanent regime for the state." Saidthe member of HoR(House of Representatives), Saleh Efhema.
Following the uprising that toppled former leader MuammarGaddafi's regime in 2011. Libya has been struggling to make ademocratic transition amid insecurity and political divisiondespite singing a UN-sponsored peace agreement and appointment of aunity government.
"Six years ago, the Libyan people were promised a transition of18 months. Their transitions continue, and if no action is taken,no end is in sight," Salame said at the meeting.
"A succession of transitions have failed to bring to the Libyanpeople what they want the most; stable, effective and predictablegovernance and decent living standards," he added.
On the other hand, other members rejected Salame's proposal,including HoR Ziad Daghim, who addressed Salame saying "your planwill not pass and we are not like our predecessors."
Daghim considered the road map a "repeat of the foreignguardianship of the country," claiming that he, as a member of theparliament's dialogue committee, would "foil the plan" and have itrejected by the parliament.
No official statement has yet been issued by the parliamentregarding the proposal of Salame.
"The first stage in the process must therefore be to amend theagreement. There is a broad consensus on the issues requiringamendments," Salame said during the meeting.
"Once the amendments have been adopted, the second stage is aNational Conference. Such a conference is intended to open the doorto those ostracized, those self-marginalized, those players whohave been reluctant to join the political process."
"The House of Representatives would be expected to prioritizethe legislation for a Constitutional referendum, presidential, andparliamentary elections."
"Within a year from now, we must reach the final stages of theprocess. These are a referendum for the adoption of theconstitution, and then, within the framework of the constitution,the election of a president and a parliament, henceforth clearlymarking the end of the transition," Salame explained. Enditem
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