A damaged minaret is pictured at night in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria December 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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A U.S-backed alliance of Syrian Kurds and Arab rebel groups, backed by U.S. coalition planes, captured a dam on Saturday from ISIS, cutting a main supply route of the militants across the Euphrates, an alliance spokesman said.Selo said the rapid advance overnight by thousands of troops from the Democratic Forces of Syria had brought the dam, 22 km (15 miles) upstream from Raqqa, under their control on Saturday afternoon.Selo said the alliance troops had cut one main ISIS supply line from the towns of Bab and Minbij in the northern Aleppo countryside held by the militants on the road to Raqqa city.Selo said the militants suffered heavy casualties in the latest round of fighting which involved several thousand fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria with heavy armor.
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