BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 A.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has liberated a large chunk of Tabaqa in the last 48 hours, forcing the Islamic State (ISIL) militants to withdraw from several parts of this city in western Al-Raqqa.
Backed by U.S. Coalition airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces have captured most of Tabaqa’s northern Industrial Zone, putting them in position to reach the city’s center within the next few days.
If the Industrial Zone of Tabaqa falls to the Syrian Democratic Forces in the coming hours, then the Islamic State militants inside the city will likely withdraw in order to preserve the lives of their remaining fighters.
However, the loss of Tabaqa would be devastating for the Islamic State, as the city is one of the terrorist group’s last strongholds along the Raqqa-Aleppo Highway.