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Kurdish-led forces capture Tabqa airbase west of Syria's Raqqa from IS control - Xinhua

DAMASCUS, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fully captured the Tabqa airport west of the northern city of Raqqa on Sunday, following battles with the Islamic State (IS) group, the SDF spokesman told Xinhua. Tabqa ...and more »

US Airstrike in Syria Is Said to Kill Dozens of Civilians - New York Times

BEIRUT, Lebanon — At least 30 Syrian civilians were killed in an airstrike by the United States-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in a rural area of Raqqa Province early Tuesday, according to residents, activists and state television. The ...and more »

Isis tells Raqqa residents to evacuate over fears nearby dam will collapse - The Guardian

Islamic State says US-led airstrikes have weakened Tabqa dam on Euphrates river, 25 miles from its self-styled capital in Syria. Associated Press in Beirut. Sun 26 Mar 2017 08.58 EDT Last modified on Sat 14 Apr 2018 13.54 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share ...and more »

Syria fighters take control of IS-held airbase near Raqqa - BBC News

A US-backed force of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has taken control of an Islamic State-held airbase west of the jihadist group's stronghold of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and a monitoring group said Tabqa airbase had fallen on Sunday ...and more »

Dozens of civilians killed in US-led airstrike on Isis stronghold in Syria - The Guardian

At least 33 people killed in coalition strike on school used as refugee centre near jihadi-held town in northern province of Raqqa, says monitor. Martin Chulov in Beirut. Wed 22 Mar 2017 11.55 EDT First published on Wed 22 Mar 2017 05.34 EDT. Share on ...and more »

Big Changes And Major Dilemmas Loom In Next Phase Of ISIS War In Syria - NPR

U.S. Marine artillerymen are now in place on Syrian soil, north of the last stronghold of the Islamic State. A force of local Kurdish and Arab fighters is moving south, continuing to isolate the city of Raqqa. They're in the opening stages of a major ...and more »

US-Backed Forces Launch 'Daring Offensive' to Take Taqba Dam from ISIS -

WASHINGTON — American-backed forces have launched a "daring" offensive to liberate a key Syrian dam from ISIS, with U.S. choppers flying Syrian forces near the key facility. The American military supported their move on the dam using Apache attack ...and more »

US Airstrike Reportedly Kills Dozens of Civilians in Syria. Again. - Slate Magazine (blog)

Another U.S.-led coalition airstrike has reportedly killed a large group of Syrian civilians, this one on Tuesday night at a school sheltering displaced people in Raqqa province, near ISIS's de facto capital. At least 30 people were killed according to ...and more »

US joins first air assault 'behind enemy lines' against ISIS in Syria - CNN

Washington (CNN) Fighters in Syria have begun a major ground offensive, backed up by US forces, to retake a vital dam near Raqqa, Syria, from ISIS, a US official told CNN Wednesday. The attack also included an unprecedented air assault involving US ...and more »

US Airlifts Hundreds of Militia Fighters in Attack to Cut Off Raqqa, Syria - New York Times

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Syrian fighters and their American military advisers, backed by American artillery and attack helicopters, have begun a major operation to cut off the western approaches to Raqqa, the city the Islamic State has proclaimed as ...and more »