US: Coalition completes isolation of Manbij on Syria-Turkey border
Syrian men look at the damage on June 13, 2016, following reported air strikes the previous night on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Mashhad in the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP/Ameer al-Halbi)
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The Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) has completed the first phase of the Manbij operation by securing the territory surrounding the northern Syrian city, US Central Command announced Wednesday.
“After clearing Daesh from this area they are now ready for the second phase to liberate the city itself,” according to a CENCTOM statement.
Syrian Arab Coalition is a group fighting Daesh in Syria under the umbrella of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance predominantly comprised of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).
With more than 3,000 fighters the group leads the operation in Manbij pocket, a 60 mile strip of territory along the Turkish border.
According to the US military, Arab fighters have secured the routes to and from Manbij.
“For the SAC civilian safety is a critical concern, and as a consequence people are returning to the already liberated inhabited villages,” the statement added.
Central Command said that since the operation began two weeks ago, the US-led anti-Daesh coalition has conducted more than 190 airstrikes in the vicinity of Manbij.
“The Manbij city operation, coupled with the coalition-supported Syrian moderate opposition efforts to clear Daesh from the Turkish border and the Maraa line, continues to attrite Daesh forces and minimize the threat to Turkey, the rest of Europe, and the United States,” the statement said.
The Maraa line refers to an area named by the coalition that lies between Maraa and Deir Rafat in Syria.
It is located near the front lines of the battle against Daesh militants who seek to control the two cities before capturing Azaz, which would give the group control of the northern Aleppo countryside.
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