Clashes renewed between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State as the former attempt to advance toward the city of Tabqa (al-Thawra) in northern Syria.
The predominately-Kurdish forces – which control the Tabqa-Raqqa highway – try to encircle Tabqa, therefore marching on from two axes; the southern entrance of the city and the eastern outskirts.
To the east, battles are still ongoing to seize the strategic Abbad and Safsafeh villages. If lost to SDF, ISIS militants will be trapped in their bastion as the two villages are located on the area separating Tabqa from the group’s de-facto capital.
In the same context, Kurdish militants shot down an ISIS drone near the Tabqa airbase.