Arab-Kurd alliance seizes IS Syria stronghold of Manbij: monitor

US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters advance into the Islamic State jihadist group's bastion of Manbij in northern Syria on June 23, 2016A coalition of Arab and Kurd fighters on Saturday seized the Islamic State group stronghold of Manbij, two months after launching an operation to capture the strategic city in northern Syria, a monitor said. “The Syrian Democratic Forces took control of Manbij on Saturday and are combing the city in search of the last remaining jihadists,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Backed by air strikes from the US-led coalition, the SDF launched its offensive to retake Manbij on May 31.

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