SDF fighters monitoring ISIS movements in Manbij suburb. Photo: ARA News
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The US-led coalition said in a press statement on Wednesday that on June 13, the Syrian Democratic Forces-led alliance of SAC completed their first phase of the operation to free Manbij, and that now the second phase to liberate the city will start.
“Operating on multiple fronts, the SAC have secured the routes to and from Manbij. For the SAC, civilian safety is a critical concern, and as a consequence people are returning to the already liberated inhabited villages,” the US coalition said.
“Since the operation began the Coalition has conducted more than 190 airstrikes in the vicinity of Manbij and in the last four days destroyed three command headquarters, which is encouraging ISIL’s retreat into the city,” the coalition added, using another acronym for ISIS.
According to the US-led coalition, the Manbij operation will prevents threats to Turkey, Europe and the United States.
“The Manbij City operation, coupled with the Coalition-supported Syrian moderate opposition efforts to clear Da’esh [ISIS] from the Turkish border and the Mar’a Line, continues to attrite Da’esh forces and minimize the threat to Turkey, the rest of Europe, and the United States,” it said.