MANBIJ – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Wednesday continued to advance against the Islamic State (ISIS) and cut off the key supply route of Jarablus from the north, almost completely isolating ISIS in Manbij.
“SDF forces continue rapid advance on Manbij and have now cut the supply road to Jarabulus from the north. ISIL [ISIS] increasingly isolated,” US anti-ISIS envoy Brett McGurk said on Wednesday.
The official added that the ISIS attack on Marea and Azaz in the northern countryside of Aleppo have collapsed after the Manbij offensive, and increased support to opposition rebels on the Marea line.
“ISIL terrorists facing pressure on multiple fronts collapse on Marea line overnight. Supply line from Marea to Azaz reopened,” he added.
Christopher Garver, spokesperson for the US-led coalition, said on Wednesday that the the SDF campaign included reopening the Euphrates River Bridge near Manbij to provide humanitarian supplies and to push the attack on ISIS.
“The goal is to keep the enemy under pressure by making Daesh [ISIS] fight in many places at once. We’re keeping that pressure on,” he said.
The Kurdish-led SDF forces have almost cleared out every village near Manbij and encircled Manbij over the part few days. It is expected that the battle for inside the city of Manbij will soon start.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News
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