Sunday, March 26, 2017

US-Backed Forces Have Seize The Syrian Air Base Near Raqqa From The Islamic State



Reuters: U.S.-backed forces capture Islamic State-held airport near Euphrates dam

A U.S.-backed Syrian alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias on Sunday took a military airport in northern Syria held by Islamic State, close to the country's largest dam that may be in danger of collapse.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by a U.S.-led international coalition, said in a statement it had seized the air base.

Earlier, SDF spokesman Talal Silo said its fighters had seized "60 to 70 percent" of the airport but were still engaged in intense clashes with the ultra-hardline militants inside the air base and on its outskirts.

The SDF, backed by U.S. special forces in a campaign that has driven Islamic State from large swathes of northern Syria, fights separately from other rebel groups that seek to topple President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

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Update #1: US-backed forces seize Syrian air base from ISIS -- AP
Update #2: Syria rebels 'take control' of IS-held airbase near Raqqa -- BBC

WNU Editor: The next target will be the Islamic State's Stronghold at Raqqa itself .... US-backed Syrian alliance eyes Raqqa after taking IS-held military airport (DW)

1 comment:

Aizino Smith said...

What is the use of seizing Raqqa?

Assad will just seize it from the Kurds or the FSA unless the U.S. backs them up.