Press conference of Manbij Council near Tishreen dam Saturday, June 4, 2016. Photo: ARA News
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TISHREEN – The SDF-led Military Council of Manbij on Saturday captured the road between the city of Manbij and Raqqa, cutting off one of the most strategic supply routes for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.
The Manbij Military Council also took control of the key Um al-Saraj hill on the western bank of the Euprates river, and 10 kilometers from the Tishreen Dam following fierce clashes with ISIS militants.
“The Manbij Military Council captured the hill between Abu Qalqal and Manbij, and cut off the road between them. ISIS extremists tried to protect this key area by attacking our forces three times, but our forces foiled the attacks,” Munzir Eris, a Kurdish fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces, told ARA News.
“More than 100 ISIS fighters were killed either by coalition airstrikes or by our fighters on the ground,” he added.
The fighter said the SDF-forces are happy with the US-led coalition support. “In the past, they just helped us when we were about to loose, but now they provide us with good support,” he saidEris told ARA News.
The fighter could not confirm how many Kurds or Arabs are involved in the Manbij operation. “We have Arabs, Kurds, nobody knows how many exactly, we all work under the SDF-forces,” he added.
Speaking to ARA News, Mohammed Abu Adil, a FSA-commander and member of the Manbij Military Council, said: “Eventually ISIS will be defeated.”
“Whether strong or not, we will defeat them from everywhere in the world. God willingly, we will return our territories and cities,” he said.
Nevertheless, he said he could not predict when Manbij would be captured from ISIS. “We won’t stop until we eventually liberate it.”
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News