US backed SDF ad­vance to re­cap­ture Man­bij in Syria

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Tens of thou­sands of civil­ians are trapped in­side the north­ern Syr­ian city of Man­bij af­ter US-backed fight­ers sur­rounded the Is­lamic State group strong­hold.

The Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF) en­cir­cled Man­bij, sev­er­ing IS's prin­ci­pal sup­ply route be­tween Tur­key and its de facto Syr­ian cap­i­tal, Raqqa.

Kur­dish forces are ready to en­ter the north­ern Syr­ian city of Man­bij in Aleppo prov­ince at any time, Ad­nan Ebu Em­ced, com­man­der of the units of the Man­bij Mil­i­tary Coun­cil said.

Ad­nan Ebu Em­ced, com­man­der of units of the Man­bij Mil­i­tary Coun­cil, said that they are poised and ready to lib­er­ate Man­bij, a Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) strong­hold in the re­gion along the Turk­ish bor­der, at any minute.

The Man­bij Mil­i­tary Coun­cil is a coali­tion formed by Arab, Turk­men and Kur­dish fight­ers and af­fil­i­ated with SDF.

Em­ced said that they have al­ready man­aged to lib­er­ate three more vil­lages and take con­trol of sev­eral towns, as well as the Man­bij-Aleppo and Raqqa-Man­bij high­ways.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, a Bri­tish-based mon­i­tor, said war­planes from a US-led coali­tion were con­duct­ing heavy bomb­ing raids on Man­bij.

"Tens of thou­sands of civil­ians who are still there can't leave as all the routes out of the city are cut," Ob­ser­va­tory head Rami Ab­del Rah­man said.

The US en­voy to the an­tiIS coali­tion back­ing the SDF, Brett McGurk, said the sur­round­ing of Man­bij had sev­ered an im­por­tant route for IS fight­ers.

"ISIL terrorists now com­pletely sur­rounded with no way out," he wrote on Twit­ter, us­ing an­other name for IS.

The town is one of the largest ar­eas held by ISIS in the north­ern Aleppo prov­ince. Many of its res­i­dents fled in ad­vance of the up­com­ing bat­tle.

Man­bij is a way­point on an ISIS sup­ply line be­tween the Turk­ish bor­der and the ex­trem­ist group's de facto cap­i­tal, Raqqa. If the U.S.backed Syria Demo­cratic Forces cap­ture Man­bij, it will be the ex­trem­ists' big­gest de­feat in Syria since govern­ment forces cap­tured the cen­tral his­toric town of Palmyra in March.

The U.S. Cen­tral Com­mand said the op­er­a­tion to free Man­bij is part of the "mod­er­ate Syr­ian op­po­si­tion" ef­forts to clear ar­eas along the bor­der with Tur­key from ISIS. Mem­bers of the Amer­i­can and French mil­i­tary have been ad­vis­ing forces fight­ing ISIS in north­ern Syria.

Kur­dish-led Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF) at­tacked a con­voy for the rad­i­cal group of Is­lamic State (ISIS) while try­ing to es­cape the city of Man­bij in Syria’s north­ern Aleppo prov­ince, mil­i­tary sources re­ported.

At least ten ISIS mil­i­tants were killed in the SDF shelling, in­clud­ing the ISIS gover­nor of Man­bij Osama al-Tounsi.

“Al-Tounsi was try­ing to es­cape Man­bij along with his fam­ily and a num­ber of his es­corts. Their con­voy was hit with sev­eral ar­tillery shells. They were all killed in the at­tack,” lo­cal me­dia ac­tivist Nasir Taljbini said.

Syria's civil war be­gan with the bru­tal re­pres­sion of anti-govern­ment demon­stra­tions in 2011 and has now killed more than 280,000 peo­ple and dis­placed mil­lions.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Iraq

© PressReader. All rights reserved.