Editorial date: 2017/6/5
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria-backed Democratic forces said they had taken control of a major dam on the Euphrates River from Sunday in the latest gain in its progress towards the city of Raqqa.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said they seized control of the Baath dam on Sunday morning and changed its name to the Freedom Bloc.
The dam, about 22 kilometers from the city of Raqqa, is a base of operations in Syria.
A spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Unit, the main faction of the Syrian Democratic Forces, said the fighters were combing nearby villages for mines and for reinforcing their defense lines.
Spokesman Nuri Mahmoud confirmed that they had taken over the dam completely.
This progress means that Syria's democratic forces now control three major dams on the Euphrates River after it seized the biggest dam in Syria last month.
With the help of airstrikes and special forces from the US-led coalition against Dahesh, the Syrian Democratic Forces have managed to encircle Raqqa's use as a base for attacks abroad.
In mid-May, the Syrian Democratic Forces took control of the Euphrates dam, Syria's largest dam, and at the end of 2015 took control of the Tishrin dam in the eastern Aleppo countryside. Thus, Syrian power sources became under the control of Syria's democratic forces.