Drone footage reveals devastation in ISIS’ stronghold in Syria

Updated 1222 GMT (2022 HKT) August 29, 2017

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(CNN)The streets are eerily empty, with few signs of life in sight. Plumes of smoke billow from the top floors of hollowed out buildings. Neighboring structures appear flattened by mortars and bombs.

SDF forces advance through west Raqqa, where the threat of ISIS snipers is never far.SDF forces advance through west Raqqa, where the threat of ISIS snipers is never far.
SDF forces painstakingly clear buildings from ISIS-planted mines, often facing sniper fire. SDF forces painstakingly clear buildings from ISIS-planted mines, often facing sniper fire.
    A SDF sniper targets Isis fighters in west Raqqa on August 25.A SDF sniper targets Isis fighters in west Raqqa on August 25.
    SDF forces monitor an ISIS drone hovering near the front line on Saturday. SDF forces monitor an ISIS drone hovering near the front line on Saturday.
    Local residents refuel at an improvised gas station in a liberated area in west Raqqa on Friday.Local residents refuel at an improvised gas station in a liberated area in west Raqqa on Friday.

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