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Syria: Locals begin returning to Manbij after SDF liberate city from IS forces01:47

Syria: Locals begin returning to Manbij after SDF liberate city from IS forces

Syrian Arab Republic, Manbij
August 13, 2016 at 23:41 GMT -00:00 · Published

Residents forced to flee the militant-controlled Syrian city of Manbij began to return after the city was recently liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Manbij, Saturday.

The SDF say they are currently providing the security in the area and plan to liberate the regions on the outskirts of Manbij to remove all the militants remaining in nearby territories.

Manbij had witnessed a 73 day campaign by the SDF, who with help from US airstrikes, ousted IS forces from the city they controlled since 2014. During their rule, the IS imposed strict social restrictions on Manbij's residents.

During the final days of the fighting, over 2,000 civilian hostages, who had reportedly been used as 'human shields,' were freed.

Manbij had become a crucial strategic point for IS, as its proximity to the Turkish border allowed the group's fighters and their supplies to move in and out of Syria.

Syria: Locals begin returning to Manbij after SDF liberate city from IS forces01:47
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Residents forced to flee the militant-controlled Syrian city of Manbij began to return after the city was recently liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Manbij, Saturday.

The SDF say they are currently providing the security in the area and plan to liberate the regions on the outskirts of Manbij to remove all the militants remaining in nearby territories.

Manbij had witnessed a 73 day campaign by the SDF, who with help from US airstrikes, ousted IS forces from the city they controlled since 2014. During their rule, the IS imposed strict social restrictions on Manbij's residents.

During the final days of the fighting, over 2,000 civilian hostages, who had reportedly been used as 'human shields,' were freed.

Manbij had become a crucial strategic point for IS, as its proximity to the Turkish border allowed the group's fighters and their supplies to move in and out of Syria.

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