The US-backed, Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have crossed today the Euphrates River as part of a wider military operation to recapture the northern Syrian city of Manbij from ISIS.

The US military’ engineering units have mounted an Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge (AVLB)  at the previously-destroyed Qarah Qawzaq bridge, located to the south of Tishreen Dam, in order to enable allied fighters seize Hammam Mountain situated some 17 km to the northeast of Manbij.

Meanwhile, US fighter jets entirely destroyed a bridge in the village of Dadat (some 10 km to the north of Manbij) which links the city with Jarabulus, thus completely isolating the city from the north and east.

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The airstrikes comes as enormous reinforcements poured in Manbij to help shore up ISIS defensives in an investable battle against the SDF.

Yesterday, the US-backed fighters overrun ISIS in several villages to the southeast of ISIS-stronghold of Manbij.

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    • You are correct but at least they got the location of Hammam Mountain correct so people can figure out where the SDF is crossing the river.

      At one point, I thought it would be great if the SDF took Manbij and the SAA took Al Bab and then met in the middle to cut off ISIS supply lines from Turkey. I still do, but now I think that the SAA should take Aleppo first and let ISIS finish off the Al Nusra pocket around Azaz and THEN go for Al Bab.

      There is only so much that you can do at a time.