SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES (SDF) CAPTURE 80 PERCENT OF DAESH-HELD CITY OF TABQA
DAMASCUS, Syria, May 2 (NNN-XINHUA) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), captured 80 percent of the city of Tabqa, in north-eastern Syria, from the Daesh group, a monitor group reported.
The SDF advance in Tabqa comes, as part of the group’s declared-offensive against the Daesh group in the north-eastern province of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Daesh.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the SDF, a rebel group led by Kurdish fighters, and backed by the US, captured most of Tabqa, in Raqqa countryside, except two neighbourhoods, close to the Euphrates Dam, the largest dam in Syria.
Meanwhile, Talal Silo, the SDF military spokesman, told Xinhua that, there are three neighbourhoods under the Daesh control, in the Thawra area in Tabqa, as well as, the Euphrates Dam.
He added that, the military operation will continue to strip Daesh from the three remaining neighbourhoods and the dam.
For its part, the Observatory, which says it relies on a network of activists on the ground, said, negotiations are underway for the evacuation of the remaining Daesh militants from Tabqa towards Raqqa city.
It added that the negotiations between local dignitaries from Tabqa and the SDF haven’t reached any results yet.
The SDF, led by the Kurdish fighters and the US coalition, have been fighting against the Daesh in northern Syria for months, with the aim of stripping the Daesh of its main stronghold in Raqqa.
The US carried out several air drops of forces on Kurdish-held areas, to back the Kurdish groups in their battles against the Daesh in Raqqa.
Two days ago, pictures of US soldiers and vehicles were seen in the predominantly-Kurdish city of Qamishli, in north-eastern Syria.
The Syrian government repeatedly said, it deems the US as a force of occupation, as it entered Syria without coordination with the administration of President Bashar al-Assad.– NNN-XINHUA
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/syrian-democratic-forces-sdf-capture-80-percent-of-daesh-held-city-of-tabqa/