On March 21, a series of explosions rocked the town of Tabqah in the western countryside of Raqqa. The town is under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were behind the explosions, which targeted positions, vehicles and personnel of the SDF next to the Andalusia pool and the Maysalun roundabout.
According to the local al-Khabour Facebook page, the IED attacks claimed the lives of at least six personnel of the SDF. These claims are yet to be verified.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed in a report that the IED attacks were carried out by cells of the Syrian intelligence.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Military Police maintain a large military presence in the Tabqah Air Base in cooperation with the SDF. Due to this, the SOHR’s accusations are illogical.
ISIS cells are known to be active in Tabqah. The terrorist group, which has been attempting to crawl back to the capital of its long-gone Caliphate in Raqqa, could be the real perpetrator of the attacks.