first published on December 27, 2015 by Will
A coalition of Western-backed rebels, including the Kurdish YPG and Syrian Arabs, with the help of U.S. air support, have retaken the strategic Tishrin Dam from Islamic State forces in Syria.
The dam is one of the three major dams that provide northern Syria with electricity. It was also a main supply Euphrates River crossing route for Islamic State forces between their supposed capital of Raqqa and the contested Aleppo province.
The retaking of the dam is only the most recent success from the rebel alliance group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have been regularly gaining ground from ISIS since before their official designation as an alliance back in October.
The victory, although a significant forward step in the fight against ISIS, will be heavily protested by the Turkish government, as the taking of the dam by the YPG now unifies the Kurdish controlled areas of northeastern Syria with their autonomous territory of Efrin. Watch for freshly outfitted Islamist groups like Ahrar ash Sham and al Nusra to make a rebound in the area.