On Thursday morning in the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s western countryside, the U.S. backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) imposed full control over 8 villages after launching their large-scale offensive to capture the Tishreen Dam from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) earlier this week.

According to the Syrian Democratic Forces’ activists, the latter captured the villages of Bur Al-Dam, Saharij Jibad, Dundishan, Al-Mansiyah, Marouha, ‘Abidat, and Al-Saharij from the ISIS terrorists after a series of intense firefights that stretched throughout the morning on Thursday.

Currently, the U.S. backed Syrian Democratic Forces are pushing west towards the Tishreen Dam that separates the Al-Raqqa and Aleppo Governorates in northern Syria; if captured, ISIS would be in a world of trouble due to the proximity of the dam to the aforementioned terrorist group’s stronghold of Menbeij.

The U.S. backed Syrian Democratic Forces have coordinated with both the U.S. and Russian Air Forces in order to weaken ISIS’ defenses in the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s western countryside, while they make their way west towards the Aleppo Governorate.

Leading this assault in the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s western countryside is the Free Syrian Army commander, Jamal Ma’arouf – the latter is currently in a battle with the Turkish-backed rebels in northern Aleppo.

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