US-Backed Anti ISIS Forces, SDF Intensified siege on the ISIS-Held Manbij in Syria

Mon Jun 13, 2016 15:43:30

US-backed anti-ISIS fighters in northern Syria on Saturday intensified their siege on the Islamic State group (ISIS, ISIL , IS and Daesh) stronghold of Manbij, where tens of the thousands of civilians are trapped by fighting.

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), a predominantly Kurdish group, encircled the town after capturing dozens of villages and farms near the Turkish border.

The SDF-affiliated Manbij Military Council confirmed that its fighters are ready to liberate Manbij "in the next few hours." Manbij, one of IS's largest strongholds in Syria's Aleppo province, is a waypoint on a key supply line between IS de facto capital of Raqqa and the Turkish frontier.


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