U.S.-backed alliance captures key dam from Islamic State: alliance spokesman

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.S-backed alliance of Syrian Kurds and Arab rebel groups, backed by U.S. coalition planes, captured a dam on Saturday from Islamic State, cutting a main supply route of the militants across the Euphrates, an alliance spokesman said. Colonel Talal 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 the militants' de facto capital Raqqa, under their control on Saturday afternoon. (Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; editing by Andrew Roche)