Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Islamic State Stronghold At The City Of Manbij Has Fallen To U.S. Backed Syrian Rebels

DW: US-backed Syrian forces seize 'Islamic State' stronghold Manbij

The Syrian Democratic Forces have cleared 90 percent of the strategic city of "Islamic State" militants. Manbij had been "a citadel of foreign terrorists," said a spokesman for the US-led coalition against the group.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Saturday said an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters took control of the "Islamic State" (IS) stronghold of Manbij near the Turkish border.

"The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of Manbij on Saturday and are combing the city in search of the last remaining jihadists," the Observatory said.

Around 90 percent of the city had been cleared of the IS fighters, but skirmishes continue in parts of the city, including the center, SDF-allied Manbij military council spokesman Sharfan Darwish told Reuters news agency.

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More News On The Fall Of The Islamic State Stronghold At Manbij To U.S. Backed Syrian Rebels

Islamic State 'almost completely' ousted from Syria's Manbij city: Observatory -- Reuters
US-backed fighters take town of Manbij from Isis -- The Guardian
Syrian rebels 'seize key town Manbij from IS' -- BBC
SDF control majority of Manbij and much of route across N.Syria -- RUDAW
Arab-Kurd alliance seizes IS Syria stronghold of Manbij: monitor -- AFP
Syrian Fighters Take 'Almost Complete Control' Of Manbij From IS -- RFE


Matthew Dupuis said...

6 months ago Erdogan was warning Kurdish forces not to move west of the Euphrates... Have they just done that? What will be the Turkish response?

Bob Huntley said...

the kid with the nice bike looks interesting.