DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:00 A.M.) – Despite being largely overrun by Kurdish fighters in Raqqa province, Islamic State forces have deployed armed drones in a bid to halt the advancing US-backed troops from reaching its capital.
The drones dropped bombs on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as the latter crossed Lake Assad near Tabqa in large boats carrying armored vehicles.
As part of phase three of the Euphrates Wrath offensive, US airplanes parachuted some 500 Kurdish fighters on ISIS positions west of Tabqa on March 22. Hours later, the front was reinforced by hundreds more crossing Lake Assad by boat, including US special forces.
On Sunday evening, Kurdish forces officially besieged Tabqa city, cutting off ISIS militants from the caliphate’s mainland in Raqqa province.