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BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached the entrance to the Tabqa dam where they are clashing with Islamic State, Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, the SDF's spokeswoman for the campaign to drive the jihadist group from Raqqa, said on Friday.

The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State air-dropped SDF fighters near Tabqa late on Tuesday on the southern side of the Euphrates, and other SDF militia fighters were already present on the river's northern bank.

(Story refiled to clarify that SDF fighters were on both banks of Euphrates)

(Reporting By Ellen Francis; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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