The historic Baghdad Gate, part of the Old City wall of Raqqa.
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The Old City wall of Syria's Raqqa that was the scene of intense fighting Tuesday in the battle against Daesh (ISIS) was once a testament to the golden age of Islamic civilization, when the city on the banks of the Euphrates River was the capital of the famed caliph Harun al-Rashid. The 1,300-year-old structure was breached by U.S.-backed Syrian opposition forces trying to capture Raqqa who brought the fight closer to the heart of the Daesh-held city.The Daesh militants fortified their positions, booby-trapping the 2,500-meter-long Old City wall – or the Rafiqah Wall – to protect their de facto capital. According to archeologists, the Old City had three gates and multiple defensive layers, including a wide moat, an outer wall and another inner one.
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