A Syrian monitor is claiming that a strategically important ISIL stronghold in northeastern Syria has fallen to a Kurdish-led force backed by US-led air strikes.
Pictures are said to show an oil facility 12 kilometres from the city of al-Shadadi that’s been captured by the Syria Democratic Forces.
The reported fall of the the last major city in the area under ISIL control could help isolate Raqqa, the fanatics’ self-styled capital in Syria.
The rooms apparently inside the newly-captured oil facility show ISIL insignia.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights describes the fall of the city as a “psychological blow” to the so-called Islamic State.
Its director Rami Abdulrahman, who says he is in regular contact with numerous contacts in Syria, says the SDF has taken many villages and rural areas from ISIL in recent days.
The Kurdish-led forces which also include Arab groups announced they had launched an operation to seize al-Shadadi on Thursday.