11 May '17, 7pm

Tabqah, Syria liberated from the Islamic State

Tabqah, Syria liberated from the Islamic State

US-backed forces have liberated the city of Tabqah, the Tabqah Dam and an airfield from the Islamic State, according to Central Command (CENTCOM) and Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). The operations were “completed” yesterday (May 10) with the surrender of Islamic State fighters in the area. The Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were responsible for the bulk of the fighting. “This is yet another victory by the SAC and the SDF, our most committed and capable ground force partners in the fight against ISIS who remain hard at work erasing ISIS from the battlefield, liberating their own people and lands,” CJTF-OIR spokesman Col. John Dorrian said in a statement . The battle for Tabqah is a key part of the US strategy for taking the Islamic State’s capital in Raqqa, which is less than 30 miles away. Kurdish and other...

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