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Rebels seize major dam in Syria from Islamic State

Published 26/12/2015

Syria Democratic Forces seized the Tishrin Dam in the north of the country
Syria Democratic Forces seized the Tishrin Dam in the north of the country

A coalition of rebels in Syria - including Syrian Kurdish, Arab and Christian groups - has captured a major dam on the Euphrates River in the north from Islamic State (IS).

The coalition, known as Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), seized the Tishrin Dam on Saturday as part of its offensive aimed at cutting supply lines between IS strongholds in northern Syria.

The Tishrin Dam supplies much off northern Syria with electricity.

An SDF spokesman said earlier this week that his forces are also trying to cut the supply lines between IS's de-facto capital of Raqqa and the group's stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria.

The SDF, dominated by the Kurdish militia in Syria known as YPG, or People's Protection Units, has become a main force in fighting IS.

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