Last night, the US Special Forces and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) conducted a raid against ISIS positions at the town of Tabqa near the strategic Tabqa dam in the Syrian province of Raqqah.
The goal of the raid was to damage the terrorists’ command structure in the area. However, no confirmed reports are available to estimate the results.
Pro-YPG/SDF sources claim that clashes were ongoing in the northern part of the Tabqa town, including the bank.
— Syrian Rebellion Obs (@Syria_Rebel_Obs) January 22, 2017
Last week, US-backed YPG forces recaptured from ISIS a batch of villages north of the Tabqa dam.
Now, if YPG forces want to advance further they will have to develop an offensive operation in the eastern Raqqah countryside or to storm the Tabqa dam and the town of Tabqa. Results of the raid against ISIS in Tabqa will likely impact the decision.