American and allied forces from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have conducted a landing operation near the city of Tabqa in northern province of al-Raqqa.
The landing forces, which were airdropped in Abu Hurairah village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, managed to cut off the highway linking al-Raqqa to Aleppo province.
Beside ousting the Islamic State from Tabqa city, the operation also aims at halting the advance made recently by the Syrian Army in eastern Aleppo countryside, thus preventing the government troops from marching on to western bank of the Euphrates.
The small villages captured by the US and allied forces will serve as a crossing points for further forces crossing the river by boats.
The Kurdish militia – backed by the US-led coalition – is waging a military campaign to expel ISIS from its de-facto capital of al-Raqqa.