Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters warm themselves by a fire on the bank of the Euphrates river, west of Raqqa city, Syria April 8, 2017. (Xinhua/Reuter photo)
DAMASCUS, May 12 (Xinhua) -- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it has received light weaponry from the United States, not heavy ones as circulated by some media outlets.
Talal Silo, the military spokesman of the SDF, told Xinhua on Friday that the SDF, backed by the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition, has not yet received heavy weaponry.
He said the group received only light military gears, such as mortar shells and machine guns.
This comes three days after President Trump approved a plan to arm Syrian Kurds so they can participate in the battle to retake Syria's northern province of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) group.
Speaking of Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS, Silo said his group is bracing to unleash operation against Raqqa after isolating it completely.
The SDF has recently captured the city of Tabqa and its strategic dam, east of Raqqa, as part of the operation to isolate IS in Raqqa as a prelude to take it.
Silo said the SDF is combing the city in search of explosive devices the IS may have left behind.
Meanwhile, the SDF said in a statement on Friday that it will hand the control of Tabqa over to a civil council in the city, adding that the handover will be done after clearing the city off of the explosives.
It added that the Euphrates Dam in Tabqa is a Syrian institution that will serve all Syrian areas without exceptions.
The statement said that the SDF succeeded to capture the city after a joint airdrop of forces with the coalition near Tabqa on March 21, which was followed by a "precise" operation to capture the city.
For her part, Rojda Villat, another SDF official, reportedly said in a press conference that the military campaign against Raqqa could begin as soon as next month.