Syrian Democratic Forces capture ISIS Sharia school in Manbij

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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) engaged in clashes with ISIS militants in Manbij. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

KOBANE – Subsequent to heavy clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday captured the Sharia School of Manbij in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, military sources reported.

The SDF also expelled ISIS jihadis from the Manbij grain silos and the Akhdar farms south of the city. 

“Supported by the international coalition, our forces today regained control of strategic areas in the Manbij border pocket and pushed ISIS back,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News.

According to the official, taking over the ISIS Sharia school in Manbij was a key accomplishment for the SDF. “This school was used as a jihadi training camp for young civilians who have been forced to join ISIS ranks,” he said.  

“Also, expelling the ISIS terrorist group from the Manbij grain silos and Akhdar farms will help the Syrian Democratic Forces to continue their progress in the main jihadi pocket on Syria-Turkey border,” the official said. 

In the meantime, the US-led coalition hit ISIS strongholds in Manbij city with several airstrikes, paving the way for the SDF to advance against ISIS on the ground. 

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo and Ahmed Shiwesh 

Source: ARA News

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