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Assault launched against Islamic State

Mar 22, 2017 - The Salt Lake Tribune

Hundreds of Syrian fighters and an undisclosed number of U.S. Special Operations forces launched a large heli-borne assault on the Islamic State in Syria, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

The operation began Tuesday night and was focused around the area of the Tabqa Dam -- a chokepoint on the Tigris River that has been a hub for the Islamic State and source of hydroelectric power for the region. The dam is about 25 miles west of the group's de facto capital of Raqqa.

The coalition of Kur...