In Syria, ISIS is losing it's grip. After more than four months of operations, Raqqa is more than ninety percent cleared. We are aware of the reports that ISIS has been defeated in Raqqa. However clearance operations continue and we expect our Syrian Democratic Force partners to hit pockets of resistance as the final parts of this city is cleared.
Over the past 96 hours, we have seen about 1300 civilians assisted to safety by the SDF and just about 3,000 civilians rescued in the last week. In the last few days, about 350 fighters surrendered to the SDF in Raqqa, with several confirmed foreign fighters taken into custody after SDF screening.
In Raqqa and elsewhere across Syria, our focus remains on reducing risk to civilians while continuing to pursue and defeat ISIS terrorists at every opportunity as they retreat into the remaining hilled areas in the middle of the Euphrates river valley.