BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) has withdrawn from Tabqa City and the Euphrates Dam in the western Raqqa countryside, leaving the area to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), local journalists claimed this afternoon.
While this has not been confirmed by the SDF’s official media wing, social media activists on Twitter have claimed ISIL militants agreed to leave Tabqa through a corridor en route to Raqqa.
ISIS militants reportedly agreed to handover their vehicles and leave the newly conceded area free of booby traps, taking with them only light weaponry in return for safe passage.
Yesterday, the US-backed SDF otherwise killed 53 jihadist militants in a pocket northeast of Tabqa.
Tabqa city was completely liberated by the SDF on Wednesday.