BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian militias are predicted to attack before long an Islamic Condition-held dam and air foundation west of the Syrian city of Raqqa, their spokesman explained on Thursday, section of an accelerating campaign to capture the hardline group’s stronghold.
The U.S.-led coalition versus Islamic Condition airdropped Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters some fifteen km (ten miles) from the dam at the city of Tabqa on Tuesday night time. The SDF established a foundation from which to advance on the Tabqa spot.
Tabqa is around 40 km (twenty five miles) west of Raqqa. Islamic Condition captured the Tabqa Dam, also recognised as the Euphrates Dam, and the nearby air foundation at the top of its enlargement in Syria and Iraq in 2014.
SDF spokesman Talal Silo explained the SDF forces experienced however to attain Tabqa city or the nearby airport and dam. He described these as a few strategically crucial targets and explained the SDF prepared to mend and use the airport once it was captured.
“Nowadays or at most tomorrow there will be an attack procedure on these a few areas,” he explained in a telephone interview.
He explained that once captured, the air foundation runway would be fixed and “in the around potential our forces will use this airport.”
“In all the areas below our handle, we do not have an airport that can acquire planes,” he explained. “The coalition planes will benefit from the airport.”
The SDF has been working given that November to encircle Raqqa city with aid from U.S. exclusive forces and air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition versus Islamic Condition. The SDF contains the potent Kurdish YPG militia and allied Arab fighters.
The campaign seems to be accumulating pace as an overlapping, U.S.-backed effort and hard work in Iraq is drawing nearer to driving Islamic Condition from Mosul.
The YPG controls swathes of northern Syria, including almost all of the metropolitan areas of Hasaka and Qamishli, household to an airport that stays below Syrian authorities handle.
(Producing by Tom Perry Editing by Mark Potter)