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.

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Flay the Daeshbags
2017-05-10 20:18

If Raqqa falls now, the entire northern half of the governate, plus the Tabqa area will be SDF.

2017-05-10 22:47

Now that Tabqa and the dam is secured, I’m wondering if the SDF will now cross the river north of Deir Azzor to block ISIS traffic from using the river highway past the junction where a road runs into the desert towards Palmyra? They might leave that open as an “escape route” for ISIS units fleeing the SDF advancing east along the river from Tabqa, only to become stranded in the desert due to the SAA advancing east from Palmyra to seize Arak and al-Sukhnah which will cut their paths off to the south.

2017-05-11 14:58

Dear People of the word….. Do you know the truth about….. Islam? Or do you think it’s about Bombing planes and killing innocent people…..? Forget about the lies….. I’ am here to tell you how it really is….. You deserve to know the truth About this beautiful way of life….. People of the world Islam is all about peace Terrorism it doesn’t teach Its all about love and family and charity And praying to one God This is Islam It’s something you should know….. I know it’s really helped me grow It does away with greed, filth, arrogance And teaches… Read more »

2017-05-13 17:39
Reply to  Ben

Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens?) is clearly musing from a position of privilege. Whilst there are no doubt practitioners of such a way of life in Islam and other religions, I fear they are becoming a minority. My problem with Islam is much the same as with Christianity. The prophets were all for charity and against greed yet the situation in the Middle East is a direct result of greed and consequential poverty. When religious institutions, or those purportedly ‘of the faith’ (e.g. oil sheikhs) share their wealth with those in need, I will afford them more respect. The wealth… Read more »