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

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By Cristina Abellan Matamoros  with STORYFUL
Syrian Democratic Forces’ ‘donut stunt’ marks end of Islamic State siege over Raqqa

<p>After capturing the city of Raqqa on June 29, 2014, <span class="caps">ISIS</span>-held a parade on the Al-Naim Roundabout where military tanks drove in circles, or donuts. The parade was held after <span class="caps">ISIS</span> militants declared “a caliphate” over their Iraqi and Syrian territories. </p> <p>Three years later, a <span class="caps">BMP</span> personnel carrier from the <span class="caps">SDF</span> repeated the scene as they announced that Raqqa had been taken back from <span class="caps">ISIS</span>. </p> <p>The US-backed <span class="caps">SDF</span> campaign has been ongoing for four months and brought extensive damage to the Raqqa. </p>