A US-backed force of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has taken control of an Islamic State-held airbase west of the jihadist group’s stronghold of Raqqa.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and a monitoring group said Tabqa airbase had fallen on Sunday evening.
US helicopters airlifted hundreds of fighters behind IS lines at the start of the assault last Wednesday.
The airbase’s capture is seen as a significant step in the campaign to drive IS militants out of Raqqa.
The SDF is also aiming to seize the nearby town of Tabqa and the Tabqa dam, which the US-led multinational coalition has denied damaging in air strikes.
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