USA Today: U.S.-backed Syrian forces gave defeated ISIL militants safe passage
Islamic State fighters surrounded during the key battle for Manbij, Syria, last week agreed to surrender their weapons to U.S.-backed Syrian forces in return for safe passage out of the embattled city, a senior defense official said Tuesday. It was the first such agreement with the terror group.
The exhausted and demoralized militants were using civilians as human shields, which is why the U.S.-backed fighters agreed to let them flee Manbij after three months of intense fighting and near constant aerial bombardment by the U.S.-led coalition.
The U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss battle details, said the Islamic State fighters surrendered after being surrounded by the Syrian Democratic Forces, fighters recruited and trained by the U.S.-led coalition.
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WNU Editor: After the fall of Manbij, Kurdish forces are now focusing on their next target .... IS conflict: Syria's Kurds set sights on al-Bab after fall of Manbij (BBC).
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