30 Nov '17, 2pm

With Victory Declared in Raqqa, Marine Artillery Unit in Syria to Return Home

With Victory Declared in Raqqa, Marine Artillery Unit in Syria to Return Home

After three months of combat in Syria supporting the assault on Raqqa, a Marine Corps 155mm artillery battery is declaring victory and returning to the states. Officials with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, which oversees the joint fight against ISIS, said the departure of the roughly 400 troops from 1st Battalion, 10th Marines was an indicator of the success they and coalition forces have seen on the battlefield. “With the city liberated and ISIS on the run, the unit has been ordered home,” officials said in an announcement Thursday morning. “It’s replacements have been called off.” Raqqa, in Northern Syria, is the self-identified capital city for ISIS. As of this summer, it was the only Syrian city and population hub that remained under the control of the military group. A concentrated siege on Raqqa by U.S.-backed forces began June 6; Raqqa was pub...

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