SDF Liberate Daesh-Controlled District Near Manbij City
18:30 18.06.2016(updated 19:00 18.06.2016)
Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated Manbij city in the Aleppo province from Daesh terrorists, a military source told Sputnik.
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed to liberate from Daesh terrorists a district at the western entrance to the Manbij city in the Aleppo province, a military source told Sputnik.
In late May, the SDF troops announced an offensive against the Daesh terrorist group, which is outlawed in Russia and the United States. One of the goals of the operation supported by the US-led coalition is to liberate the city of Manbij. On June 10, the SDF command announced that IS-held Manbij had been completely surrounded.
"The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have managed to take control over the el-Khatib district at the western entrance to Manbij in the Aleppo province," the source said.
According to the source, the forces invaded the district backed by the US-led coalition air forces and engaged in battle with terrorists. Both sides have suffered losses, the source added.
Manbij, located between the Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa and the Syrian-Turkish border, is a strategically important area for the group.
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