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Retreating IS abducts 2,000 Syrians as 'human shields'

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) patrol a street in the northern town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadistsIslamic State group fighters seized around 2,000 civilians to use as “human shields” as they fled their stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria, US-backed forces and a monitor said. The Arab-Kurdish alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expelled most of the IS fighters from Manbij last week, but dozens continued to put up tough resistance. “While withdrawing from a district of Manbij, Daesh (IS) jihadists abducted around 2,000 civilians from Al-Sirb neighbourhood,” said Sherfan Darwish, spokesman for the Manbij Military Council, a key component of the SDF.

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