BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reportedly taken over the Tishreen Dam that links the Aleppo and Al-Raqqa provinces, a military source in the province told Al-Masdar News this evening.
According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army was given control of the Tishreen Dam by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who ran the site with the government prior to its transfer on Sunday.
With the transfer of the Tishreen Dam on Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army are now positioned east of Manbij, thus blocking the Turkish military’s potential crossing from the Aleppo province to nearby Al-Raqqa.
This is an important move by the Syrian Arab Army because if the Turkish military controlled the Tishreen Dam, it would spell disaster for the people of Aleppo and Al-Raqqa.
The Tishreen Dam is located at the northern bank of the Euphrates River; it was previously occupied by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) before the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched their important offensive in eastern Aleppo and western Al-Raqqa.