US-backed Syrian rebels say they have taken full control of a key airbase held by the Islamic State group near its stronghold, Raqqa. Talal Sello, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said they had seized Tabqa airport from militants.
It comes as the Kurdish-led fighters advance on Raqqa, IS’s self-declared capital. Earlier IS warned that the nearby Tabqa dam could collapse, sparking panic. However, the dam appears intact.
The US-led coalition fighting the jihadists denied their claims that it had targeted the facility with airstrikes, leaving it dangerously vulnerable to failure(BBC,2017).