BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 P.M.) – On day 50 of the Tabqa offensive, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) finally managed to defeat ISIS at the bank of the Euphrates River. Effectively, Kurdish forces are now able to regroup for the all-important push on the provincial capital.
On Wednesday, units of the SDF and Manbij Military Council (MMC) – supported by the US coalition – managed to impose full control over the Hay Tani and Salis suburbs and the southern sector of Tabqa Dam after eliminating the last ISIS sniper nests in the pocket.
Kurdish sappers have now moved in to clear mines and booby traps in newly liberated areas. Meanwhile, the SDF also scored a series of advances in the northern Raqqa countryside.
After resuming phase four of the Euphrates Wrath offensive, the SDF and MMC will now move ever closer to Raqqa city from its western, northern and southern flanks while the Islamic State gears up for the looming battle on its self-proclaimed capital.