U.S.-backed SDF oust Islamic State from Syria's Tabqa old city

U.S.-backed SDF oust Islamic State from Syria's Tabqa old city
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters stand near food supplies on the bank of the Euphrates river, west of Raqqa city, Syria April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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 SULAIMANI — U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they have pushed Islamic State (ISIS) fighters out of the old quarters of Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, as video showed them clashing with militants nearby on Tuesday (May 2).

The SDF said in an online statement on Monday (May 1) that it had taken the last three neighborhoods of the old city and an adjoining industrial district.

SDF forces have begun fighting ISIS in the three modern quarters of the town which lie along the Tabqa reservoir, an SDF spokesman said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Monday the SDF now controls about 80 percent of Tabqa. ISIS still controls the dam.

The SDF entered the city of Tabqa on April 15, moving in on the center from the east and west of the city, securing arms, ammunition and pick-up trucks from the militants.

The SDF, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters who have been successfully fighting ISIS in northern Syria, have been moving on Tabqa city for some weeks as part of a broader offensive to liberate ISIS’ de facto capital of Raqqa from the militant group.