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    Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, inspect the Tabqa dam on March 27, 2017, which has been recently partially recaptured, as part of their battle for the jihadists' stronghold in nearby Raqa

    Kurdish-Led Syrian Rebels Backed by US Fully Free Tabqa, its Dam From Daesh

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    Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by the US-led coalition have fully liberated the Syrian city of Tabqa and the Tabqa Dam from Daesh terrorists.

    According to Kurdish Firat News Agency, citing SDF commander Rojda Felat, the town and the nearby Euphrates Dam were liberated after more than a month of offensive in the region.

    The Tabqa Dam is the largest in Syria. The city is located some 40 km west of Raqqa.

    The US-led coalition aviation and US special forces assisted the Syrian rebels in the Tabqa campaign.

    Earlier in the day, the Pentagon said that the SDF and the Syrian Arab Coalition had successfully liberated the vast majority of Tabqa and they continued to clear Daesh remnants from the final two neighborhoods of the city.

    Fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria
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    According to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Col. John Dorrian, the SDF forces had encountered Daesh snipers who attacked them from the city’s buildings, including mosques and hospitals.

    Dorrian also noted that the largest number of Daesh had relocated to Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital, but a large number of foreign fighters were barricaded at the Tabqa Dam.

    In November 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which predominately consists of Kurdish fighters, but also includes members of the Syrian Arab Coalition, launched an operation called the Rage of Euphrates in order to seize control over Syrian Raqqa, the de facto Daesh capital, and are now starting the fourth stage of the campaign aimed at liberating the rural areas of Raqqa province from terrorists.

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