The SDF liberated the Tabqa Dam on Wednesday, May 10, and shortly afterwards fully liberated Tabqa city, ANHA news agency reported.
SDF forces have been fighting IS in Tabqa, which lies along the Tabqa reservoir, for the past fifty days.
“The Syrian Democratic Forces seized control of Tabqa and the adjacent dam,” Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP on Wednesday.
SDF adviser Nasser al-Hajj Mansour also said both the dam and the city were under the control of the joint force.
The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militia fighters, has been battling IS around Tabqa, nearly 40 km west of Raqqa city.In March they captured the northern entrance to the Tabqa Dam, a major target in their military campaign to isolate and capture IS’ biggest urban stronghold.
With air strikes and special ground forces from the U.S.-led coalition, the SDF has been advancing on Raqqa city from the north, east and west.
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