As Raqqa was wrested away from the hands of Islamic State on Tuesday, U.S.-backed troops combed the city for land mines, booby traps and militant sleeper cells, remnants of Islamic State's four-year long brutal rule that has seen much of the city's buildings leveled or in ruins.
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Footage released by CNN showed what the Syrian city looked like on the eve of its liberation. On Tuesday afternoon, the four-month long battle for Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital came to a head when a senior commander of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced that the city had fallen.