US-backed SDF fighters take control of Raqqa-Damascus road

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Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in a military camp west of Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

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The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday took control of the Raqqa-Damascus road, after killing scores of Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadists and capturing weapons and ammunition.

On the 23rd day of the operation to take Tabqa city and Tabqa Dam, the Kurdish-led SDF forces took control of the Raqqa-Damascus road on the western front of Tabqa city.

During the operation over 14 ISIS fighters were killed, the SDF media centre said in a statement.

On March 21st, a campaign was launched by the SDF to liberate Tabqa city and its strategic dam in Raqqa province, in northeastern Syria.

Currently, Tabqa city is isolated by SDF forces, and fighting continues.

Raqqa, the de-facto capital of ISIS, relies on the dam for its water and electricity, and taking the dam will be a heavy blow for ISIS.

Jesper Söder, a Swedish SDF member, told ARA News: “We are advancing in to Tabqa area everyday. But there is really hard resistance from Daesh [ISIS].”

“So, we thought that the operation for the city would start in April, but Daesh have put up a hard fight. I think we should have beaten them in Tabqa already, but they have good positions to defend themselves and even from aircrafts,” Söder said, adding: “A lot of human shields are being used by Daesh [ISIS].”

“Several suicide cars and bombers are daily used by Daesh [ISIS] from Tabqa and surrounding fronts to Raqqa,” he told ARA News.

“Daesh will not leave this city without making sure they have done as much harm to our fighters in SDF as they can,” he said.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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