SDF spokesman denies liberation of jihadi border pocket north Syria

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Kurdish fighters of the SDF seen during clashes with ISIS. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Official spokesman of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Sharvan Derwish denied Saturday reports about a full liberation of the Manbij border pocket from the Islamic State (ISIS). 

Although some local and international media outlets reported that Manbij is liberated, the SDF spokesperson denied the news.

“All these reports are baseless and untrue; our forces are still fighting against ISIS militants in the city centre of Manbij, fierce clashes are ongoing in the border city,” Darwish said in a statement.

Speaking to ARA News in Manbij, Abdelaziz Yunis, a senior commander in the Kurdish-lead Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) confirmed that every moment new areas are being liberated by their fighters. However, he said the city is not fully liberated yet.

“The fighting continues between our forces and ISIS extremists, more advances were made in the recent hours, but still we need more time to declare the full liberation” the SDF commander told ARA News.

In late hours on Saturday, fighters of the SDF-led Manbij Military Council was able captured several neighbourhoods inside the Syrian war-torn border city of Manbij as well as killing at least nine ISIS militants.    

According to official sources, the SDF now controls approximately 90 to 95 per cent of the city. It’s expected that this week the SDF forces will liberate the entire Manbij border pocket from ISIS.

Source: ARA News

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