Earlier today, ISIS attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on several flanks in a frantic effort to break the siege on the Islamic State stronghold of Manbij.
Thus, ISIS fighters were able to entirely recapture the Jelawi Neighborhood (northern district of Manbij); furthermore, Islamic State fighters seized the crossroad village of Dadat – this site is located between Jarabolous and Manbij in northeastern Aleppo.
Effectively, ISIS forces are just 9 kilometers from breaking the siege on Manbij which has been entirely surrounded by the mostly Kurdish fighters of the SDF since June 10.
Meanwhile, ISIS also seized Khataf, a village located east of Manbij city.
At the moment, the SDF controls approximately 20% of Manbij after they entered the city from its western and southern gates; however, booby traps, mines, and suicide bombers are complicating quick Kurdish advances.
More than 200 SDF fighters have been killed since the Manbij campaign began last month while ISIS has suffered approximately 500 casualties.
Despite a relentless air campaign by the U.S. anti-ISIS coalition over Manbij, hundreds of ISIS fighters still remain bogged down inside the city.