The youth in Raqqa have no option but to join the ranks of US-backed SDF. As per local accounts, a youth drowned in the Euphrates river to avoid it.
Turkey's defence ministry says the civilians were "slaughtered" by PKK/ YPG terror group in the attack in Suluk village that also wounded many others.
Even as Raqqa's people gradually rebuild, the graves found in houses, parks, destroyed buildings are a grim reminder of the Daesh horrors two years after the group was chased out of the Syrian city.
The bodies included five middle-aged men in orange jumpsuits, the kind typically worn by Daesh hostages, as well as three women who were apparently stoned to death, the Britain-based SOHR said.
Locals and experts fear that the city is fast turning into a breeding ground for violent crime syndicates with the SDF militants failing to improve the security situation while indulging in corruption in frequent intervals.
Arab residents complain about a lack of basic services and discrimination by local administrations run by the YPG, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group.
The coalition's military offensive "directly caused" these killings in 2017 and probably amount to violations of international humanitarian law, says a new joint report by Amnesty International and UK-based monitoring group, Airwars.
Militant outfit Syrian Democratic Forces claims end of terror group Daesh's hold in eastern Baghouz but says fight against "sleeper cells" on.
The liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh came at a massive human cost and infrastructure damage. The US air strikes destroyed most of the city during the fight and thousands of civilian deaths still remain unaccounted for.
Based on the interviews of 112 residents of the Syrian city and investigation of the destroyed areas, Amnesty International says the US-led coalition may have committed war crimes in Raqqa.
French Special Forces are working in tandem with the PKK-linked YPG terror group in northern Syria following Donald Trump's withdrawal call for US troops, sources on the ground told Anadolu Agency.
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