Bashar Assad

Site of IS beheadings in Raqqa seized by Kurdish-led force

Raqqa's infamous public square where Islamic State militants used to perform brutal executions and beheadings has been captured Monday by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force fighting the extremist group in Syria, as officials say they expect the city to fall "within a few days."

Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said clashes at Al-Naim (Paradise) Square have raged since Sunday as IS put up a fight. Nine IS fighters were killed and 12 surrendered, he said.

Paradise Square became synonymous with the group's reign of terror. After declaring their self-styled caliphate in Raqqa, the militants used the central city square to carry out...