The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) successfully layed siege on the ISIS stronghold of Tabqa in Raqqa’s western countryside following a successful operation in the nearby village of Safsafah and its surroundings. ISIS forces inside Tabqa are fully isolated from their counterparts in the Raqqah countryside.
The SDF also captured several points west and south of Tabqa deploying closer to the city. Pro-SDF media shared pictures of the city’s entrance (above).
Meanwhile, ISIS’s Amaq news agency reported that a water flow resumed through the Euphrates Dam partially after technicians managed to open 4 gates of the dam to decrease the water level. This have to allow to avoid a catastrophe in the area.
According to several Kurdish sources, the SDF has begun reinforcing and fortifying its positions in southern and western Tabqa preluding the storm of the city. Meanwhile, the US-led coalition’s warplanes and the US Marine Corps artillery bombard ISIS’s positions inside the city.
ISIS will face significant troubles in defending Tabqa because of the group’s large losses in the battles against the SDF in Tabqa’s Airport and Safsafah over the past few weeks.
Pro-opposition sources are spreading reports that US Special Forces troops were airdropped near near Tabny in Deir Ezzor’s western countryside. The US Special forces destroyed a car killing a unknown number of ISIS members. Soon after the incident, ISIS mobilized fighters to the aforementioned area. However, no clashes with US military servicemen were reported yet.