Al-Thawrah (Arabic: الثورة aṯ ṯawrah), also known as
al-Tabqah (Arabic: الطبقة aṭ ṭabqah; Kurdish: Tebqa,
Classical Syriac: ܛܒܩܗ; official name before 8 March 1967),
is a city located in
Raqqa Governorate (Syria), approximately 55
kilometres (34 mi) west of Raqqa. The name "al-Thawrah" literally
means "The Revolution", in reference to the March 8th revolution. The
Tabqa Dam, which compounds the
Euphrates and creates Lake Assad, was
built near al-Thawrah. The city had a population of 69,425 as of the
Al-Thawrah is the administrative centre of Nahiya Al-Tabqah and the
1 Syrian Civil War
3 See also
Syrian Civil War
Smoke rises in Tabqa after the city was hit by a Syrian Air Force
airstrike in June 2013
On 26 November 2012, during the Syrian Civil War, a main route from
Aleppo passing through al-Thawrah along the
dotted with both government and rebel checkpoints. On 11 February
2013, rebel groups including the al-Nusra Front and Liwa Owais
al-Qorani took over the city. On 21 November, there was fierce
fighting between government troops and rebels in the town. On 25
November, the rebels were in control of the town. On 5 January 2014,
there were clashes in Tabqa, where
ISIL forces were most dominant,
according to the
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
On 22 March 2017, SOHR reported that an international coalition
airstrike killed or injured more than 40 people. The BBC reported
27 killed and 40 wounded. During
ISIL rule, the town's Catholic,
Antiochian Orthodox Church and
Assyrian Church of the East
Assyrian Church of the East churches
were turned into a parking garage, a weapons factory and a housebarn
ISIL militants destroying all Christian symbols of the three
churches. The Shiite Omar Bin al-Khatab Mosque was destroyed and an
Ismaili place of worship was turned into a children's training
centre. The Syrian Democratic Forces, as well as the SOHR,
announced on 10 May that the alliance had completely captured the town
as well as the dam.
Prior to the civil war, the majority of the city's inhabitants were
Sunni Arabs, with Kurdish, Armenian, Assyrian as well as Ismaili and
Shiite Arab minorities. The Assyrian minority consisted of around
1,000 people, with about half belonging to the Assyrian Church of the
East, originating from the Khabour River villages, and the other half
Syriac Orthodox Christians, along with a few Chaldean Catholic,
Syriac Catholic and
Battle of Al-Tabqa airbase
Tabqa Dam raid (2017)
Battle of Tabqa (2017)
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