DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:55 A.M.) – On Saturday morning, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officially entered Tabqa city after resuming its anti-ISIS operations around the Islamic State stronghold, located on the southern bank of the Euphrates River.
Thus far, the SDF has captured roughly half the Alexandria neighborhood in the southern sector of Tabqa while also seizing a few isolated buildings on the eastern fringes of the city.
16 ISIS militants were killed amid clashes inside Tabqa, a source told Al-Masdar News.
Meanwhile, the predominately Kurdish SDF also liberated the adjacent village of Al-Mushayrifah and killed an additional 27 jihadist insurgents in the process.
Once Kurdish troops fully liberate Tabqa city, the SDF is expected to turn its attention on Raqqa city for an upcoming summer offensive, believed to be stage four of the Euphrates Wrath campaign.
Meanwhile, the SDF suffered a setback in the northern Raqqa countryside as ISIS insurgents crossed the Al-Ray canal not far from Ain Issa on Friday.