We hauled our gear aboard the rickety metal ferry and with the engine roaring we set off across the River Tigris, leaving Iraq behind and sailing towards Syria. The trip is just a couple of hundred yards and it takes no more than a few minutes. Yet this journey was more than three years in the making. When the Syrian revolution began in 2011, we started to cross into the country to report on the uprising.
A formerly ISIS-occupied building in Raqqa, Syria, sheds light on the pressures its militants face as the U.S.-led coalition attempts to retake the war-ravaged city. ABC News ventured into the building in the western suburbs of Raqqa that had been in the hands of ISIS just days before, where there was evidence of drug abuse on the grounds. The ground of an outdoor area of the home was littered with syringes, vials and packages for Oxycodone.
Raqqa, the crucial battlefront in the war against ISIS after the brutal fight to retake Mosul, Iraq, is also ground zero for militants. The Syrian city is the capital of ISISâ€™ so-called caliphate and holds a particular degree of significance to the terrorist group. Thatâ€™s because it represents the first city the group seized during its rapid accumulation of ground in 2014. Without control over Raqqa, ISIS will quite simply lose any pretense of being considered a state.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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