US military helping op to seize strategic dam near Syria’s Raqa

US military helping op to seize strategic dam near Syria's Raqa The US military provided air and artillery support — and transported local forces — in an offensive for a vitally important dam near the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqa in Syria, officials said Wednesday. Colonel Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman for the US-led coalition helping local fighters, said US support came overnight Tuesday-Wednesday via Apache helicopter gunships, airlifts, air strikes and advice to the Syrian Democratic Forces, an Arab-Kurdish alliance. In a first, US forces helicoptered an unspecified number of Arab SDF troops to Taqba, meaning they are now behind IS lines as they try to secure the dam.

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