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URGENT: Aleppo’s Strategic Tishreen Dam Liberated from ISIL Control

26 December 2015 17:57


Pro-government forces in Syria, backed up by the country’s warplanes, scored another groundbreaking victory and seized control of Tishreen Dam and almost a dozen villages in the nearby regions North of Aleppo province on Saturday afternoon.

Informed sources said minutes ago that the Syrian forces came in full control over the Tishreen Dam on the Euphrates river at the border of Raqqa and Aleppo provinces.

The Syrian forces also took full control over Al-Shelash, Al-Khabr, Bir Shmal, Bir Bakkar, Abd Kileye, Tel Al-Banat, Khashkash Saghir, Khashkhash Kabir and Al-Weisi near the Dam.

Sources also said that Syrian and Russian warplanes still continue massive strikes at ISIL targets near the Dam.

On December 24, The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) managed to free four villages in the Southern parts of Serin city in Northern Aleppo province and fully purged the ISIL terrorists from the Northeastern parts of the Tishrin dam.

The YPG operations which were carried out on Wednesday night and Thursday morning killed tens of ISIL terrorists and wounded scores of others.

“The YPG forces are 5km away from Tishrin dam itself and they are approaching the dam from the Northeast,” a field source said.

The Syrian and Russian warplanes, in a joint operation, pounded the ISIL strongholds near the Tishrin dam on December 23 in preparation for the YPG operation.

“The ISIL’s fortified positions near Tishrin Dam, which is over the Euphrates river at the border of Raqqa and Aleppo provinces, came under the joint combat sorties of the Syrian and Russian air forces,” military sources said on Wednesday.

“Following the Syrian government forces’ plan to carry out an imminent large-scale operation to end the ISIL occupation of the strategic Tishrin dam, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets targeted the headquarters and defense lines of the ISIL terrorists on both sides of the river, which claimed the lives of many militants and destroyed their military infrastructures,” the sources said.

“In the meantime, the ISIL’s gathering centers in al-Bab, Deir Hafer, Jrouf, Sharbeh, Jubb Ghabsheh in the Northeastern part of Aleppo province were bombed by the Russian and Syrian air fleets,” they said.

“There were no immediate reports on the possible casualties of the ISIL terrorists in the airstrikes,” the sources pointed out.

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