The Battle for Raqqa is one of destruction and displacement


As the battle against ISIS in Raqqa intensifies, the strategy being used by the International Coalition and their local allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), is becoming clearer. Their methods rely mainly upon intensive daily aerial bombardment and artillery shelling. These practices cause dozens of civilians deaths every day, as well as contribute to a massive destruction of infrastructure, properties, residential buildings, and places of worship.

During the battle, the SDF have committed multiple violations in the newly “liberated” areas of Raqqa. These violations include heavy civilian casualties, forced displacement, and mandatory recruitment into armed service.

Raqqa now is in the same situation as it was before the current battle to “liberate” it. Raqqa continues to see daily indiscriminate shelling that causes large civilian casualties and massive destruction to the city’s infrastructure. The current battle only serves to complete the destruction started by Assad regime army and Russian warplanes in years prior.

James Mattis, the current US Secretary of Defense, said in late May that “civilian casualties are a fact of life in this sort of situation.” He then added that the US does “everything humanly possible consistent with military necessity, taking many chances to avoid civilian casualties at all costs.”

Activists from Raqqa believe that the brutal bombings and unjust killings of civilians are not accidents. Rather, satellite images reveal an extent of destruction in the city that seems to fall in line with a sinister plan America has prepared for the city.

The US administration may be taking this destructive approach to facilitate SDF’s wishes of establishing a Kurdish State in the city after ISIS’s defeat. This Kurdish establishment would then allow the US to obtain their own control in Raqqa and establish military bases in it.

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".