US-backed force appeals to Syrian IS militants in Raqqa to surrender

Kurdish fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room formed by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is leading the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, has released a statement calling on Syrian members of the jihadist group to surrender.

The statement, also backed by the Raqqa Civilian Council, local tribal leaders and the Syrian Democratic Council said it would give the Syrian IS members 10 days to surrender.

“We are calling on Syrian youths within the ranks of Daesh [Arabic acronym for IS] to surrender to the QSD [SDF] within 10 days to ensure the safety of their families and themselves. We are ready to assist using all of our means.”

The appeal said the jihadist militants could surrender to the SDF, tribal leaders or the Raqqa Civilian Council.

The SDF launched the Operation Wrath of Euphrates in November 2016 against IS and has pushed the group out of several areas, including the Tabqa Dam and Airport recently.

It is expected that the US-backed multi-ethnic force will launch the final phase of the operation into central Raqqa, the IS’ last stronghold in Syria, in the coming weeks.