Tabqa Dam: The key to Capturing Raqqa

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Source: By Ercan Ayboga with Farah Azadi, Saturday April 08, 2017. 

An interview with Sinan Deniz, a Kobane-based ANF journalist, who is embedded with SDF forces in their battle to take the Tabqa dam and liberate Raqqa from Islamic State control.


On the 5th of November 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an extensive military operation called ‘Wrath of Euphrates’ to liberate the city of Raqqa and its surroundings from the Islamic State (IS). Raqqa is the de-facto capital of the IS controlled regions in Syria, and its fall would significantly weaken their rule.

The SDF is a broad military coalition of Arabs, Kurds and other people groups in northern Syria and considers itself as a democratic defence force against reactionary forces within Syria including IS and the Baath regime. One of its principle units is the predominately Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG). Led by the…

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