Failaq al-Rahman brigade fighters check a map of the area in Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. AFP / Sameer Al-Doumy
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U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reached a major dam held by Daesh (ISIS) in northern Syria Friday as Syria's U.N. ambassador said hundreds of American personnel are "invading my country," insisting that any effort to liberate the city of Raqqa – the de facto capital of militant group – should be done in coordination with the Damascus government.The push toward the Tishreen Dam came three days after U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allies behind Daesh lines to spearhead a major ground assault on the Daesh-held town of Tabqa where the dam is located.Daesh has been pounded in Syria in recent months with attacks against the militants from three fronts: the U.S.-backed fighters, Turkish troops and their allies near the border with Turkey, and government forces in the northern province of Aleppo. The U.S. has deployed more than 700 advisers, marines and rangers to Syria to support fighters battling Daesh militants.In central Syria, meanwhile, Russian warplanes took part in airstrikes against insurgents to help repel a major attack on Syrian government-held areas near the city of Hama, a Syrian military source said.
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