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BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured Tabqa Dam from ISIS after a spectacular attack that saw the fighters launch the multi-pronged attack behind ISIS frontlines, according to ARA News.

The risky operation was supported by US war helicopters and artillery fire.

“The Coalition supported this offensive with air movement and logistical support, precision airstrikes, Apache helicopters in close air support, Marine artillery, and special operations advice and assistance to SDF leadership,” the US-led coalition said in a statement.

“Over the last four months, the Coalition has conducted more than 300 airstrikes around Tabqah and near Raqqa that have killed hundreds of enemy fighters, destroyed more than 200 fortifications, and more than 50 ISIS vehicles,” the coalition added.

“It takes a special breed of warrior to pull off an airborne operation or air assault behind enemy lines,” said Col. Joe Scirocco of the coalition against ISIS. “There is nothing easy about this – it takes audacity and courage. And the SDF has that in spades.”

He then went onto claim that the SDF were the most effective fighting force against ISIS.

“The SDF and their local Syrian Arab Coalition fighters, have proven to be the most effective ground force against ISIS in Syria – and they are proving that once again with this daring operation,” said Scrocca.

“It is the SDF on the ground, putting their lives at risk, and violently engaging the enemy,” said Scrocca. “And it is the SDF, like the Iraqi Security Forces, who are making the sacrifice so that other Coalition nations do not continue to suffer the threat of ISIS terrorism inside our own borders.”

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The capture of the dam now allows for the SDF to attack the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa from three axes.

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Great. This greatly reduces the chance of serious damage to the dam.
Which could flood 1000es and cost millions after the war.

p.s. Besides it is like a bridge over the river.

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ISIS have never given up as easily before. I wonder why they do now ?

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ISIS is the US coalition proxy.. They are turning their coats and being presented as SDF

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A couple of phonecalls from Tel Aviv and Riyadh can go a long way to persuade them to back off.

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Excelente noticia, esta misma agresividad se necesita en Hama de parte del gobierno Sirio con los terroristas, el ejercito Sirio y la fuerza aérea está en condiciones, se necesita decisión política, la fuerza aérea requiere de mas aviones y helicópteros.

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True enough but that costs.

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This is cool…but seemd a little scripted all in all… whats going on anyway, why isnt East Damascus liberated? Aleppo was much harder… why do people say they need heavy weapons? What is a heavy weapon? All i see in videos are 23mm mounted pickup trucks shooting randomly at a far away place …do they even hit anything?

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““It takes a special breed of warrior to pull off an airborne operation or air assault behind enemy lines,” said Col. Joe Scirocco of the coalition against ISIS. “There is nothing easy about this – it takes audacity and courage” => I don’t agree : It’s the way you lead an efficient blitzkrieg : You preferably airdrop an armoured airborne division (or two), add serious CAS (close air support) and deploy sufficient air support, then push on the front line at the same moment and the opponent front is between the hammer and the anvil. It’s even easier today as… Read more »

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US can outfight and brag all. Serious. Your are right if we have two modern armies fighting. IS is redoubtable but no classic modern army.

=> the opponent front is between the hammer and the anvil. => Like in Arnhem. Tongue out.

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“US can outfight and brag all. Serious” => US have went into much too much chopper use because it’s comfortable, results very counter productivity. It has gone even worst with the Osprey. They recently lost one in Yemen, BTW. “Your are right if we have two modern armies fighting. IS is redoubtable but no classic modern army.” => Just redoubtable because they’re suicidal. Prepare to receive several road-missiles followed by a swarm of loonies and they’re screwed. They like trenches a lot BTW : 14-18 tactics! “Like in Arnhem. Tongue out.” => You perfectly know that the Brits seriously neglected… Read more »

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US. Not only chopper also Hollywood. Tongue.

Yes. 14-18 tactics. How else with limited modern gear and few trained cadres.

BTW. The old said, digging and marching saves blood.

= > Arnhem => I won.

p.s. I know, they blundered and all went wrong.

The downers are enemy nuisance raids.

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The “capture” of the dam is unfortunately fake news – yet. Check ANHA before spreading such nonsense. The SDF expects to take the dam in the next 72 hours, but from the North and Northeast. The landing operation happened at the Shurfa peninsula West of Tabqa (as reported yesterday already) as well as on Shubah island (liberating both) and cut the M4 (Aleppo – Raqqah road) afterwards, bcoz the Saudi minions were completely surprised. The SDF is advancing from there towards Tabqa itself but not to the dam. However, there is heavy fighting now on the Western outskirts of Tabqa… Read more »

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The SDF and Iraqi Army have proved time and again the best force fighting ISIS, all the best to the SDF, Iraqi and Syrian Armies in there fight against terrorism