FOX News: Wild celebrations after ISIS defeated in Syrian town of Manbij
For the first time in over two-and-a-half years, the women of Manbij, Syria walked with their faces uncovered Saturday, some of them even setting their niqabs on fire. Men shaved or trimmed their beards. Smokers of both sexes lit up and puffed away.
U.S.-backed fighters seized the key northern Syria city late Friday after two months of heavy fighting that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced thousands more. The fighters also freed hundreds of civilians the extremists had used as human shields, Syrian Kurdish officials and an opposition activist group said.
Amateur videos showed civilians hugging fighters from the predominently Kurdish Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) after being evacuated from the final ISIS-held neighborhood.
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More News On The Liberation Of Syria's Manbij From The Islamic State
IS conflict: Manbij residents celebrate liberation -- BBC
Thousands return to Manbij after IS militants flee city -- Reuters
Jubilation in Syria's Manbij as ISIS loses control of key city -- CNN
US-backed Syrian fighters take Manbij city, Islamic State's gateway to Europe -- VICE News
More than 2,000 Isis hostages freed from Syrian city of Manbij -- The Guardian/AFP
Syria war: ISIL flees Manbij with 'human shields' -- Al Jazeera
U.S. Drones Record ISIS Fighters Fleeing Manbij in Northern Syria -- NYT
Manbij's liberation is a big step in the long war against Isil -- The Telegraph
The Pictures Coming Out Of A Town Liberated From ISIS Are Stunning -- BuzzFeed
Women burn burqas, men cut beards: Manbij celebrates liberation from ISIS (VIDEO, PHOTOS) -- RT