Tell Abyad

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Tell Abyad
تل أبيض
Tell Abyad is located in Syria
Tell Abyad
Tell Abyad
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 36°41′45″N 38°51′20″E / 36.69583°N 38.85556°E / 36.69583; 38.85556
Country  Syria
Governorate Ar-Raqqah
District Tell Abyad
Subdistrict Tell Abyad
Occupation Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Elevation 350 m (1,150 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Total 14,825
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

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.

According to the Syrian General Census 2004, the population of the town was 14,825. The population of the Tell Abyad District reached 129,714. The majority of inhabitants are Sunni Arabs.

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


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