Tell Abyad

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Tal Abyad in Syria, and Akçakale in Turkey.

Tal Abyad (Arabic: تل أبيضTal Abyaḍ; Kurdish: Girê Sipî) is a Syrian town located along the Balikh River and administratively within the Ar-Raqqah Governorate.

It forms a divided city with Akçakale in Turkey and there is a border crossing.

Before the Syrian Civil War, it had a population of 52,490. The majority of inhabitants are Sunni Arabs.

It was captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) on June 30, 2014, who raised their flag at the border crossing with Turkey.[1] ISIS currently controls the town.


Coordinates: 36°41′51″N 38°57′24″E / 36.69750°N 38.95667°E / 36.69750; 38.95667