(March 26) The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) an alliance of Kurdish militias with some Arabs, reached one side of the dam. This is a top prize in the drive to ultimately take the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State.'
|Jihan Ahmed, the SDF spokesperson said that its forces were fighting the Islamic State (IS) at the entrance to the dam. The Tabqa dam is the largest on the Euphrates and stretches 4 km across the river and is one of the few land crossings of the Euphrates remaining after many bridges have been destroyed. The dam is about 40 kilometers or 25 miles west of Raqqa. The Islamic State has used Raqqa for years as the main base for its operations in Syria. Recent coalition airstrikes have inflicted some damage. There have been no casualty reports. The UN warned some time ago of the dangers of the dam being damaged even sabotaged by the Islamic State creating a catastrophe.|