Syrian Democratic Forces expel ISIS from three villages in battle for Manbij

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An SDF fighter firing machine gun in clashes with ISIS northern Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

MANBIJ – Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recaptured three new villages form the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) near Manbij city in northern Syria, military sources said on Thursday.

Subsequent to fierce clashes, the SDF expelled ISIS from the villages of Sheikh Ubaid, al-Haloula and Aloush on the western bank of the Euphrates near Manbij. 

“So far our forces have liberated 20 villages from Daesh terrorists in the new campaign,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS. “At least 25 Daesh terrorists were killed since Wednesday.” 

On Tuesday, the US-backerd SDF troops launched an operation to capture Manbij and it’s countryside from the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS). The newly established city council of Manbij released a statement on Wednesday suggesting that the liberation is near. 

A spokesman for the US-led coalition, which backs the SDF in its war on ISIS, told ARA News in an earlier interview that for the US “it’s critical that the ISIS-held Manbij pocket of 98-kilometers is seized from the radical group”. 

“As to why the Manbij pocket is important, it represents a major border crossing point where foreign fighters can cross into Syria from Turkey,” said Colonel Christopher Garver, a spokesperson for the US-led coalition against the Islamic State. 

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh 

Source: ARA News

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