Today, spokesmen of the Kurdish militias ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) and ‘People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) announced they would restore electricity in the Tishrin dam region within the next two months. The area west of the Euphrates river has been heavily bombarded by coalition jets who have assisted Kurdish militias to combat the Islamic State (ISIS); However, many industrial buildings have been left in tatters due to airstrikes launched by the US-led anti-ISIS coalition. Therefore, much regional infrastructure is in desperate need of rebuilding.
A day before Christmas Eve, on the 23rd of December, Kurdish militants loyal to the YPG and SDF launched a massive offensive on the ISIS-held areas along the Euphrates river in the far east of Aleppo governorate. Since launching the offensive, more than 100 villages have been wrestled from ISIS militants who quickly fled the area after their first line of defence collapsed. Remarkably, Kurdish militants also rushed past the Jabal Ask Shaykh Inan mountains, crossed the Tishrin bridge, imposed full control over Tishrin and secured a buffer zone around the town. However, over the past few days, both positions have reached a stalemate.
Currently, the situation around the town of Tishrin looks like this: