US coalition jets bomb Islamic State-held town near Euphrates Dam

By REUTERS
February 5, 2017 21:58

US-led coalition planes bombed an Islamic State-controlled town near the Euphrates Dam in northern Syria a day after the launch of a new phase of a campaign to capture the militants' defacto capital of Raqqa, activists and the militants said on Sunday.

Activists confirmed reports released by the militants' news agency Amaq which said four raids in the last twenty four hours hit the town of Tabqa west of Raqqa, located near Syria's largest dam, at the southern end of Lake Assad on the Euphrates.A video released by Amaq showed extensive damage to a commercial centre in the town but did mention any casualties.

Islamic State fighters are battling hard to keep the swathes of territory they have captured in Syria, mostly in the centre and east, as they lose ground in Iraq.


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