RAQA, Oct 19 — A year after a US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters drove the Islamic State group from the northern city of Raqa, traumatised civilians still live in fear of near-daily bombings.
“Every day we wake up to the sound of an explosion,” said resident Khaled al-Darwish.
“We’re scared to send our children to school… there’s no security,” he added.
The jihadists’ brutal rule in Raqa was brought to an end in October 2017 after a months-long ground offensive by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces supported by air strikes from a US-led coalition.
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