BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The US-supported Arab and Kurdish forces have taken the Al Tabqah dam from the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) on Thursday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), utilising their Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) contingent, took full control of the dam and the nearby city of the same name with the help of the US-led coalition air raids.
Farman Kobani, a field leader in Syria Democratic Forces, stated “During an ambush-attack on yesterday’s night, the dam and city of Tabqah were liberated completely form ISIS mercenaries” He added
debunked accusations that the dam has been damaged, stating “we are combing for mines, there are 15 tons of T.N.T. inside the dam, and there are many mines in the city.”
Kobani debunked accusations from IS that the dam was damaged, “The dam is intact, contrary to what ISIS said on TV that it collapsed, the dam is not damaged. The dam is working normally.”
US military hardware arrived for SDF/YPG fighters in the area after US President Donald Trump gave the go ahead for increased military supplies to be delivered to Kurdish forces.
The US has stated that the arms are being supplied to help the Kurds fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Raqqa. However, the decision has been heavily criticised by Washington’s NATO ally Turkey, who considers the YPG an affiliate of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).