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Jarabulus-Manbij road captured from ISIS

By Rudaw 6/6/2016
Syrian Kurdish forces advancing into Manbij. Photo: AFP
Syrian Kurdish forces advancing into Manbij. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The main Jarabulus-Manbij road and two villages have been captured by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on Monday in ongoing military operations to capture the town of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, from the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

Counter-ISIS forces on the Qaraqozaq front took the Jarabulus-Manbij road, killing ISIS militants in the operation, according to information released by the SDF.

The villages of Khirbat Aiwsh and Majri Nahr were also cleared of ISIS militants on the Qaraqozaq front.

Both villages are just seven kilometers from eastern Manbij.

The Manbij offensive coincides with another SDF offensive which is taking ground from ISIS and putting further pressure on its stronghold in Raqqa.

At the same time Syrian military forces backed by Russian airstrikes have entered Raqqa province with the aim of recapturing the strategically important town of Tabqa, 40 kilometres west of the city of Raqqa.

In addition to the two taken today, at least 21 villages located near the besieged town of Manbij have been captured from ISIS in the operation that started last week which aims to push back the militants from the strategic town of Manbij in the country’s northwest.  

A spokesperson for the YPG said that 8 fighters have been killed in the offensive including the Kurdish guerilla “Abu Laila” who died of fatal injuries in a hospital in Sulaimani where he was taken for treatment. His funeral was held today in Kobane.

Unconfirmed reports say that 143 militants were killed in bombing raids that continued throughout the five-day operation.

Comments

 
FAUthman | 6/6/2016
Excellent map, Manbij is about to be completely encircled by SDF/US forces advancing on Raqqa. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkSH0_1WgAAw5q3.jpg
kurt basar | 6/6/2016
Next, they should put Erdogan and his army chief of staff on trail and prosecute them, for terrorism and supporting, supplying and treating ISIS savages & Muslim brother terrorist in the Turkish hospital. Because of these Turkish bastards nationalism 600,000 people lost their life and 10 millions of people became refuge.
guest | 7/6/2016
No one talks about it much in these forums but the achievement of our kurdish brothers in rojava are pretty amazing. What they did in just 2/3 years is indredible. We support you 100%!
FAUthman | 7/6/2016
What happens now?: 1- There will be a siege of Manbij by SDF/US forces but no attempt made by the SDF (Arab contingent) to enter the city. Kurds would only participate in clearing the surrounding farmlands and villages off ISIS militants. The population of Manbij is close to 100,000 and no way can a force of only 2,950 (Arabs in SDF) defeat ISIS in a city of that size. 2- the US will try to establish the "Marea Line" with the help of Kurds. There are no major cities between Jarablous and Marea which is the "Marea Line", 90km long. The US may be able to persuade the Kurds to move west along this line and secure it cutting ISIS off from Turkey in exchange for may be linking Kobane and Afrin cantons, we hope!. 3- Tabqa dam remains a target. The US with SDF forces will continue its offensive to secure the dam and the city of Tabqa before regime forces reach it. That is how I see it!

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