Syrian rebels ‘seize key town Manbij from IS’
Activists say the leaders of the alliance of the US-backed Kurdish
and Arab fighters have seized more than Syria,
a major city of the so-called Islamic State (IS).
Manbej is located at the crossroads south of the Turkish border.
It was under control, the most prominent of more than two years.
Small numbers of prominent militants are still resisting,
using civilians as human shields, says coalition
Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of US-backed fighters,
including the militia of the Kurdish YPG strong,
launched a campaign to regain control of the northern city two months ago.
It is supported by air strikes by US-led IS sites.
After some heavy fighting,
it has been cordoned off Manbej completely isolated in June.
Dozens of civilians, including 11 children,
were killed in the United States led in July, with the air strikes have fled from a village near the city.
Now, a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says,
a group based in the United Kingdom that rely on updates from people inside Syria, is not expelled.
The commander of the Self-Defense Forces, Amjad Abu Adnan, said his troops “moving cautiously” in the city and took more than 80% of the city. The main obstacle is that they are using civilians as human shields.
He said the “small groups” of militants who remained were surrounded
by the Self-Defense Forces soldiers.
Abu Amjad said that between 10,000 and 15,000 civilians
were left in the IS-controlled areas,
and its forces were working to avoid any harm to civilians.