The SDF captured the bridge spanning the Euphrates River between the towns of al-Baghuz and Al Boukamal in the last Bastion held by the Islamic State. The Kurdish-led SDF secured the bridge after an overnight fight and held onto it after an ISIS counterattack.
The bridge connects the town of Al Boukamal on the western side of the river with villages and farmlands on the eastern bank, about 7km upstream from the border with Iraq. Al Boukamal and areas on the west side of the river are under the control of forces loyal to the Syrian regime.
The multiethnic force with the backing of the international coalition against ISIS has been closing in on what is known as the Hajin pocket for months. They launched the current phase of the offensive last week.