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SEPTEMBER 2020

SDF-Controlled Raqqah Civil Council Prepares To Run Raqqah City After Its Liberation From ISIS

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SDF-Controlled Raqqah Civil Council Prepares To Run Raqqah City After Its Liberation From ISIS

A screenshot from the video

The Kurdish media outlet “AHNA” has released a video describing the alleged preparations of the so-called Raqqah Civil Council (RCC) for the expected liberation of Raqqah city from ISIS terrorists.

The RCC is a civili body controlled and run by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and their Kurdish political leadership from the Democratic Union Party.

The RCC has been created in order to keep political control over the city of Raqqah after the Kurdish-dominated SDF seizes it from ISIS.

According to the AHNA video, the RCC is actively preparing to run the city. It will reportedly launch the health, social and educiational services and already have some plans for this. It also hires people, including rezidents of Raqqah, for this work.

The RCC will also be allegedly repsonsible for resotration of the city, including administrative buildings, the water pumping stations and the water supplies network.

The RCC is also going to involve more locals to it after the expected liberation of Raqqah. The RCC hopes it will allow to legitimize the body in eyes of the locals. The RCC is acitvely coordinating its efforts with the Kurdish authorities in other SDF-held areas.

If the RCC succeeds in these goals, it will become a useful tool of the political influence in the area for the PYD and its leadership.

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