The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by US airstrikes, seized today several villages to the southeast of ISIS stronghold on Manbij.
The West-backed forces managed to oust the terror group from villages of al-Rus, al-Heizah, al-Mashi and al-Gharra mountain.
The American support of this military operation was not limited to conducting effective airstrikes and providing logistics. US marines are fighting hand in hand with the Kurdish fighters, and even wearing their badges.
Located nearly 70 km to the northeast of Aleppo, Manbij was taken over by ISIS militants in January 2014 after overrunning the local rebel fighters. The city has ever since become a hub for trading looted artifacts and archaeological digging equipment.
In May 25, thousands of fighters massed under the Syrian Democratic Forces as part of a wide-scale offensive to rapture the northern Syrian city of al-Raqqa, currently the heartland of ISIS in Syria.
The US-backed campaign was capable to oust ISIS jihadists from several villages around Ain Essa, nearly 50 km to the north of al-Raqqa.