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.

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Luis Llo Glez
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Luis Llo Glez

Ok, now, lets wait for the airstrikes…

ausoloda
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ausoloda

Ma perché continuano a rifornirli di armi,soldi e possibilità?

bert
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bert

bullshit

dadat was repelled.

Petri Ojala
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Petri Ojala

ehe… No surprise more as all the world can see every move. I just call my Kurd friends.

Hsar Gay Po
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Hsar Gay Po

The problem is that there is motenough tactical AF Russiaand Coalition AF should have at least 300 operational tactical aircraft

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Nope 🙂 You know, in 2011, SyAAF had 478 flyable jets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Arab_Air_Force#Pre_Syrian_civil_war_aircraft_inventory Is it over? Surely not! It would have been OK for a conventional war, not for an asymetric war All your strike aircrafts, may them be western or russians will fly for a short time. What do you think tanks or technicals do as soon as any jet is even only heard? They hide in garages, hangars etc. The boots won’t attack when the strike aircrafts are bombing. A A-10 with additional tanks won’t loiter more than 30 minutes, you know… Once your aircraft gone, yeepee, let’s resume… Read more »

Hsar Gay Po
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Hsar Gay Po

ready for tactical strikes and aircover +-Syrian aircraft.As soon as moovment is reported recon aircraft , drones and ground observers

Hsar Gay Po
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Hsar Gay Po

would be sufficient to identtify coordinates for immediate massive strikes while the enemy is mooving .followed uo by attack helicopters to take out the smaller objectives . Triple or quadruple the number of aircraft and attack helicopters and improove recon aircraft and drones .As soon as the terrorist are mooving inthe open within minutes aircraft should be targetting them,

Horomona Kingi
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Horomona Kingi

Obviously they have and guess what it hasn’t worked

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Sean_in_Nyc

You seem to be under the mistaken impression that Obama wants ISIS defeated, and the Kurds to have a greater mandate for their own state.

Horomona Kingi
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Horomona Kingi

reduce every town and city to rubble

Olsen
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Olsen

In y’r dreams

Jonathan Richer
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Jonathan Richer

They need to just keep the town under siege, focus on pushing this offensive back and starve/shell the ones surrounded.

Kopfz
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Kopfz

Yes, and no.

What the Kurds should do is leave Manjib encircled, and just push forward. Create an encirclement around Al-Bab, and keep pushing until they link up with the Western Kurdish enclave. At that point they’ve achieved their ultimate goal of uniting the two regions. In addition, they cut ISIS supply lines from Turkey. ISIS can then no longer attack the encirclement from three fronts. Push north to the Turkish border to clear the region of jihadists, and establish a strong southern front. At their leisure, Kurds can then eliminate the two major pockets.

Kopfz
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Kopfz

An alternative to eliminating the pockets, which is costly on manpower, the Kurds could open a green corridor north (for a short period) where the jihadists are permitted to leave Syria, as long as they leave without weapons or vehicles.

Essentially they’re disarmed and become Turkey’s problem. They may be rearmed and reinserted elsewhere or they may flee and disappear into Europe. The point is that the Kurds take the city without further loss of manpower, civilian casualties or damage to infrastructure.

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Sean_in_Nyc

That truce and release tactic the SAA has used with the various opposition groups is unlikely to be acceptable to ISIS. What’s more, I don’t think ISIS believes itself at that point yet.

The IS forces in Manbij just had to slow and hold off the SDF forces until sufficient reserves were gathered for an counter-attack. Looks like the counter-attack is on now.

Ryan Chase
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Ryan Chase

nice try

Jean-Pierre Pelherbe
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Jean-Pierre Pelherbe

Bullshit !