Kurdish-led SDF forces expel ISIS from strategic Tabqa Dam near Raqqa

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

ARA News

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Wednesday seized control of the strategic Tabqa Dam near Tabqa city, in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province, after heavy clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants, officials reported.

The SDF’s General Command confirmed in a statement on Wednesday the recapture of Tabqa city and its nearby dam.

“Tabqa city and Tabqa Dam are now under full SDF control,” the US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance said.

“ISIS terrorists were eventually forced to give up under heavy blows by our forces,” a SDF spokesman told ARA News.

“This is a great victory for the Syrian Democratic Forces and a key step towards liberating the entire Raqqa province from ISIS terrorists,” the Kurdish official said.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces launched the operation to take Tabqa on March 21.

The progress comes as part of the SDF-led Euphrates Wrath Operation to liberate Raqqa province from ISIS jihadists.

On 13 April, the Syrian Democratic Forces launched the fourth phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation against Islamic State’s extremists to clear out the northern countryside of Raqqa.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, 2016, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in Northern Raqqa.

On 10 December, 2016, the SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath, during which it captured over 2500 km² in Western Raqqa.

On 4 February, 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces launched the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation, and liberated dozens of villages in Eastern Raqqa from ISIS jihadists.

The campaign is ultimately aimed at isolating the ISIS radical group in its de facto capital Raqqa.

Source: ARA News

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