Several leaders of Daesh terrorist group reportedly are leaving the Syrian city of Raqqa ahead of the upcoming major operation to liberate the city, Sputnik reported.
A number of leaders of the Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) terrorist group are leaving the Syrian city of Raqqa ahead of the upcoming major operation to liberate the city, US media report.
The exact number of Daesh leaders who had fled the city was not specified, but it is known that an estimated 3,000 - 4,000 IS fighters remain in Raqqa, which the terrorists have branded their capital, The New York Times said on Wednesday citing a US defense official.
US media reported on Wednesday that US marines had arrived in Syria to establish an outpost in support of the operation to retake Raqqa from Daesh. The marines will be supporting US partner forces on the ground that lead the offensive to liberate the city, codenamed Operation Euphrates Rage.
The operation was launched by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on November 5, 2016.
US Defense Department spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik on Wednesday that the department was not releasing any information on the recent movement and deployment of US forces in Syria due to security concerns.