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Syria

SDF 5km from strategic Tabqa dam west of Raqqa

By Rudaw 25/12/2016
SDF forces destroyed an ISIS car bomb in the Raqqa countryside. Photo: Raqqa Liberation/Facebook
SDF forces destroyed an ISIS car bomb in the Raqqa countryside. Photo: Raqqa Liberation/Facebook
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are just five kilometres away from the strategic Tabqa dam on the Euphrates, west of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. 

Backed by coalition airstrikes, the SDF advanced Sunday morning and pushed ISIS out of the village of Eastern Ja’bar, “which puts them about 5 km away from the Euphrates Dam located on the Euphrates at al-Tabaqa city,” the conflict monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. 

The campaign to liberate Raqqa reported they had killed 38 ISIS militants and destroyed a car bomb in the Raqqa countryside on Sunday. The Observatory confirmed the deaths of at least 25 militants and said that the SDF had suffered casualties as well, but did not provide numbers. 

Tabqa city, 40 kilometres west of Raqqa, is of strategic importance – it is home to both a major dam and a former airbase. 

The Observatory stated that “leading figures” of ISIS live in the city, which also houses the militant group’s largest prison where key prisoners are being held. 

In the summer, the Syrian army launched a campaign to retake control of Tabqa. They briefly entered Raqqa province for the first time since ISIS took over the area in August 2014. ISIS sent reinforcements to the area in June and drove the regime forces out of the province for a second time. 

The SDF launched the second phase of their Wrath of Euphrates campaign to liberate Raqqa city from ISIS on December 10. The goal of this phase of the military offensive is to “fully liberate the western countryside of Raqqa as well as isolating the city,” the SDF stated.

Comments

 
FAUthman | 25/12/2016
Stay close to the US plan and help it achieve its goals for Raqa and become loyal and an indispensable partner, but avoid conflict with Turkey. Trump will remember your contribution and your support. Tabqa dam is also a storage depot for ISIS ammo and hardware since ISIS figured it cannot be bombed. It needs to be carefully taken by ground troops.
Luigi Palermo | 26/12/2016
My advice to the Kurds is to SLOW their advance and try to postpone the final assault to some date AFTER the inauguration of President Trump. Everyone can now guess why : It is obvious, because as soon as the Kurds liberate a key town ,then Obama will call on his close Jihadi friend Erdogan to come in and take control. It has already happened in Menbej...When finally the Kurds achieve the defeat of the I.S.,then Obama will be quick to label the Kurds as terrorists and will begin to exterminate them in a joint Obama-turkish air campaign.The explanation for all that is because the Kurds are pro humanity and visceraly anti-islamist people.Everyone knows how flaccid and hesitant Obama has been in treating the I.S. and how friendly he is with the patrons of the Islamist Jihad of the likes of Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. THE BRAVE AMERICANS WHO VOTED FOR TRUMP THEY WELL KNOW THESE TERRIBLE FACTS.
Ed Lampman | 26/12/2016
Guess again Palermo - Trump's new National Security Adviser comes to his post from a job lobbying for Erdogan's Turkey. Trump will sell out the Kurds in a New York second, if he can see any personal advantage to it.
Dryasiulia | 27/12/2016
Luigi Palermo you are misinformed. For example the majority of Kurds are Sunni.
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