Syrian Kurds take largest dam, town from ISIS

Syrian Kurds take largest dam, town from ISIS
Posted at 5:37 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 17:37:10-04

U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces say they have captured the country's largest dam and a nearby town from the Islamic State group.

The fighters known as Syrian Democratic Forces, which are mostly Kurdish-led but also include Arab fighters, say they expelled IS militants from the Tabqa Dam and the nearby town, also called Tabqa, on Wednesday.

Tabqa is the latest IS stronghold to fall to the Kurdish-led opposition fighters as they advance toward the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa - the seat of the militants' so-called caliphate along the Euphrates River.

The fall of Tabqa leaves no other major urban settlements on the road to Raqqa, about 40 kilometers, or 25 miles, away.