US-led coalition targets Daesh in Manbij near Syrian-Turkish border

Published June 11th, 2016 - 07:17 GMT
The attack on Manbij is being led by the Arab component of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Kurdish forces. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
The attack on Manbij is being led by the Arab component of the Syrian Democratic Forces and Kurdish forces. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)

Eight of nine airstrikes by the U.S-led coalition in northern Syria hit separate Daesh targets near Manbij, U.S. Central Command said Friday.

"Near Manbij, eight strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle," according to a CENTCOM statement referring to airstrikes Thursday.

Manbij is a 60-mile strip in Syria along the Turkish border. Since the offensive to liberate Manbij, the coalition has supported local forces with more than 105 airstrikes. 

The Syrian Arab Coalition is leading the operation and will be responsible for securing Manbij once it is freed. 

Syrian Arabs are supported by Syrian Democratic Forces, predominantly comprised of the the People's Protection Units (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) group in Syria. 

By Esra Kaymak Avci

Editor's Note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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