A convoy of ISIS-manned vehicles in the countryside of Raqqa, northeastern Syria. File photo
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KOBANE – Brett McGurk, the presidential envoy to the 66-member anti-ISIS coalition, said on Friday that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have cut the road between Manbij and al-Bab. The liberated road was the last supply line for the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Manbij.
“SDF forces in Syria have cut the road between Manbij and Bab. ISIL terrorists now completely surrounded with no way out,” he said, using another acronym for ISIS.
The Manbij Military council said that they have captured the village of Madani al-Saghir two kilometers far from the city near the Western entrance.
This indicates that soon SDF-forces will enter the city and are now able to target ISIS fighters inside Manbij directly.
The city was completely surrounded from the frontline of Tishreen dam and Qaraqozak bridge towards to western suburbs of Manbij.
Colonel Christopher Garver, US-led coalition’s Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, said that the final phase of Manbij operation will be difficult and that Islamic State group (ISIS) will fight hard to keep Manbij in its hands.
“The SDF has met heavy resistance from Daesh [ISIS] at the onset of the operation and at points along the way. We assess that Daesh will fight hard to retain Manbij as it is the key terrain on the line of communication out of Raqqa,” Garver told a press conference on Wednesday.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News