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ISIL 'almost completely' ousted from northern Syrian city of Manbij

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By Euronews  with Reuters, AFP
ISIL 'almost completely' ousted from northern Syrian city of Manbij

<p>A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters has taken “almost complete control” of the strategic northern Syrian city of Manbij, captured by <span class="caps">ISIL</span> two years ago, according to a monitor.</p> <p>“The Syrian Democratic Forces took control of Manbij on Saturday and are combing the city in search of the last remaining jihadists,” said <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/arab-kurd-alliance-seizes-syria-stronghold-manjib-monitor-073739162.html">the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights</a>.</p> <p>Manbij, in Aleppo province, is <a href="http://globalriskinsights.com/2016/07/why-manbij-may-define-the-future-of-the-syrian-war/">a strategic city for <span class="caps">ISIL</span></a>, supplying weapons and fighters through the Turkish border.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Manbij?src=hash">#Manbij</a> .<br /> 06.08.2016.<br /> Footage of civilians rescued from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ISIS?src=hash">#ISIS</a> captivity.<br /> 90% of city was liberated .<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SDF?src=hash">#SDF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YPG?src=hash">#YPG</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YPJ?src=hash">#YPJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/JGlDf3E8X1">pic.twitter.com/JGlDf3E8X1</a></p>— Civil Defence Units (@DefenceUnits) <a href="https://twitter.com/DefenceUnits/status/761844957242155008">6. August 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a> <br /> One of the most Strategic Syrian City <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Manbij?src=hash">#Manbij</a> is liberated from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ISIS?src=hash">#ISIS</a> .<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Syria?src=hash">#Syria</a> <a href="https://t.co/Rov7SlypnD">pic.twitter.com/Rov7SlypnD</a></p>— Rasan Remzi (@RasanRemzi) <a href="https://twitter.com/RasanRemzi/status/761851801620611072">August 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The <span class="caps">SDF</span> launched its offensive to retake Manbij on May 31, with the help of air strikes from the US-led coalition. It first encircled the town in early June and launched its assault later that month, but faced fierce resistance from jihadists using suicide attacks and car bombs.</p> <p>The spokesman of the <span class="caps">SDF</span>-allied Manbij military council, Sharfan Darwish, told Reuters news agency that small pockets of <span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants were still resisting, but that around 90 percent of the city had been cleared.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Syrian women burned their burkas after being liberated from the Isil regime in Manbij <a href="https://t.co/j2g0fz3acV">https://t.co/j2g0fz3acV</a></p>— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) <a href="https://twitter.com/Telegraph/status/761481644783996928">August 5, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Meanwhile, in the city of Aleppo, a coalition of Islamist rebels stormed a major artillery base on Friday, but the Syrian army said it had repelled the attack and killed hundreds of insurgents.</p> <p>Aleppo’s rebel-held east has been under siege since early July, pounded by Syrian government and Russian air strikes. Around a quarter of a million people are thought to be trapped by the fighting.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SYRIA?src=hash">#SYRIA</a>: Check out <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP"><code>AFP</a>&#39;s wrap, updated every hour or so with fresh developments on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Aleppo?src=hash">#Aleppo</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Manbij?src=hash">#Manbij</a> - <a href="https://t.co/ikUYBwStiz">https://t.co/ikUYBwStiz</a></p>&mdash; Maya Gebeily (</code>GebeilyM) <a href="https://twitter.com/GebeilyM/status/761893068366835712">August 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>