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Syrian Democratic Forces’ ‘donut stunt’ marks end of Islamic State siege over Raqqa

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Syrian Democratic Forces’ ‘donut stunt’ marks end of Islamic State siege over Raqqa

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After capturing the city of Raqqa on June 29, 2014, ISIS-held a parade on the Al-Naim Roundabout where military tanks drove in circles, or donuts. The parade was held after ISIS militants declared “a caliphate” over their Iraqi and Syrian territories. 

Three years later, a BMP personnel carrier from the SDF repeated the scene as they announced that Raqqa had been taken back from ISIS

The US-backed SDF campaign has been ongoing for four months and brought extensive damage to the Raqqa.