ISIL ALMOST COMPLETELY OUSTED FROM SYRIA’S MANBIJ CITY

ISIL ALMOST COMPLETELY OUSTED FROM SYRIA’S MANBIJ CITY

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A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter walks along the silos and mills of Manbij after the SDF took control of it, in Aleppo Governorate

(Reuters) U.S.-backed forces trying to oust ISIL insurgents from the Syrian city of Manbij took “almost complete control” of the city on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes the powerful Kurdish YPG militia and Arab fighters, launched its campaign two months ago with the backing of U.S. special forces to drive ISIL from a last stretch of the Syrian-Turkish frontier.

The official spokesman of the SDF-allied Manbij military council, Sharfan Darwish, told Reuters that battles were continuing but that around 90 percent of the city had now been cleared of ISIL.

Pockets of militants are still present in the centre of the city, the Britain-based Observatory said.

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