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Thousands flee IS Syria stronghold as coalition closes in

A Syrian woman who fled the assault launched by Arab and Kurdish forces against Islamic State group fighters in Manbij, talks to a Kurdish fighter at a camp on the outskirts of the townThousands of civilians have fled a stronghold of the Islamic State group in northern Syria almost surrounded by a US-backed fighters seeking to cut a key supply lifeline for the jihadists. The Arab-Kurdish offensive on the town of Manbij is one of two major assaults on the route IS uses to send in more fighters, weapons and money from the Turkish border to its main Syrian bastion of Raqa. “We have surrounded Manbij from three sides and operations are progressing well,” said Sherfan Darwish on Tuesday, who is leading the offensive of the Syrian Democratic Forces launched just over a week ago.

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