The US-led coalition air-dropped US and allied Syrian forces near Tabqa in Raqqa province. (Reuters)
The Telegraph: US airdrops special forces near Raqqa in surprise attack on Isil
The US-led coalition has airdropped American paratroopers and allied Syrian fighters near the Isil-controlled city of Raqqa in a surprise attempt to cut off the jihadists’ main route out.
The operation aims to secure the strategic Tabqa dam across the Euphrates river and isolate the capital of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil’s) so-called caliphate from the rest of the group’s territory in Syria.
Five helicopters, supported by five fighter jets, dropped US Marines and dozens of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters near the northern town of Shurfa on Wednesday afternoon, according to local media reports.
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WNU Editor: It looks like the U.S. and their allies are speeding up their offensive to take Raqqa.
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