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"Islamic State" is not a state.
The so called "Islamic State" is not recognized as a state by any country or international entity. It is misleading to refer to Ar-Raqqah even as a de-facto part of a country called the "Islamic State" because the Islamic state is not a state or country. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 23:49, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
- I agree, and the repeated adding of ISIS to the country section by some users comes very close to vandalism, in my opinion. Wackelkopp (talk) 00:17, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Basis for a single standard name?
I keep running into mentions of this same city with so many different spellings... WHY isn't there a single standard English language spelling for one single city in Syria that hasn't moved anytime recently? Is there any way we could agree on a standard and just impose it on every item in "what links here"? Wnt (talk) 17:17, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
- The standard name is "Al-Raqqah". This is how it is literally transliterated from Arabic. "Ar-Raqqah" is a pronunciation of the name. In spoken Arabic, often the article "al-" is pronounced differently according to the word that it is describing. Thus instead of al-Sham, people could say "ash-Sham", or instead of al-Thawra, people could say "ath-Thawra" and the same goes for al-Raqqah. --Al Ameer (talk) 00:08, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
the capital of the Islamic State
Ar-Raqqah is de-facto the capital of the Islamic State
- Control is mentioned in the last sentence of first paragraph of lead, but the way you are writing it as if its a real country is not right, and against consensus, so please stop. BollyJeff | talk 15:20, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
- It is not mentioned in the sentence of first paragraph of lead Ar-Raqqah is de-facto the capital of the Islamic State — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 15:29, 25 September 2014 (UTC)