Liwa Suqur al-Raqqah, an Arabian group which is a part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), announced that its members are storming the strategic Tabqa Air Base located west of the ISIS-stronghold of Raqqah.
According to other sources clashes between the SDF and ISIS are ongoing around and inside the air base. US Apache helicopters are providing a close air support to the SDF by targeting ISIS vehicles in the area. Meanwhile, US collation warplanes targeted ISIS command centers and weapon depots in the Raqqah countryside.
This storm of the Tabqa Air Base came after the SDF, backed by the US Special Forces, successfuly crossed the Euphrates River few days ago and reached the Tabqa dam.
The Tabqa Air Base has a strategic value. If the SDF captures it, it will surrender ISIS units in the town of Tapqah from 3 directions. There are also reports that the US-led collation could plan to use the base to provide supplies for SDF units in the upcoming storm of Raqqah.