Over 400 U.S. Marines Set To Leave Raqqa after Helping SDF

Over 400 U.S. Marines Set To Leave Raqqa after Helping SDF

 More than 400 U.S. Marine Corps soldiers are set to return to their homeland after their anti-Islamic State mission trip in Raqqa, where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces battle the ultra-hardline group.

The international anti-jihadist coalition said on Thursday (November 30) “More than 400 U.S. Marines prepare to head home.”

The U.S. Marine Corps soldiers were “providing precision artillery support to SDF partners and defeating ISIS in former capital,” Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the international coalition, said on Twitter.

The SDF – comprised of People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Arab Coalition – has been successfully fighting ISIS in northern Syria, shaving thousands of square kilometers from the jihadists’ self-proclaimed caliphate in recent months.

U.S. President Donald Trump in May approved supplying arms to YPG fighters to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State (ISIS).

In October, the SDF announced the full liberation of Raqqa after more than four months of fighting.