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US-backed Syrian forces 'capture' key airbase near Raqqa

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By Euronews
US-backed Syrian forces 'capture' key airbase near Raqqa

<p>US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces have captured a strategically important airport from <span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants near their stronghold in Raqqa.</p> <p>The Syrian Democratic forces said they had seized Tabqa airbase. Last week, the US ferried hundreds of troops and artillery behind <span class="caps">ISIL</span> lines, in a major push to retake the Tabqa dam en route to <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s stronghold in Syria.</p> <p>The military airport lies 45km to the west of Raqqa, and close to the country’s largest dam, that may be in danger of collapse.</p> <p>Earlier this year, the UN warned of catastrophic flooding from the dam, which is at risk of high water levels, deliberate sabotage by <span class="caps">ISIL</span> and further damage from airstrikes by the US-led coalition.</p>