After 42 days of intense fighting, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue their advance on Manbij. The heaviest fighting is occurring in the western, south-western, and northern flanks of ISIS’s operational capital in Aleppo governorate.

In the western districts of the city, the SDF reached the National Hospital on Saturday and battles are still ongoing around the hospital and the Bahrat roundabout to liberate the Sab’ Bahrat district.

In the southern Hazawani neighbourhood, now mainly under SDF control, the fighters reached an automated bakery and killed an IS commander, Safe Yahya Rajab, who was described as a “leading IS security official”.

In fighting near the National Hospital, the IS commander of the western Manbij sector, Abu Suheyl Marawi, was also said to have been killed yesterday, Sunday.

Another prominent IS Jihadi, described as an “emir”, Abu Khalid Al-Tunisi, was killed by an SDF shell while travelling in his car through Manbij. 4 x IS fighters accompanying him were also wiped out. In the Hazawani district, 26 x IS fighters were said to have been killed in clashes between the 2 sides, 12 of them as they tried to escape in a transport vehicle.

On the southern side of the city, the SDF liberated the Adiyat School and while suffering from continued Coalition airstrikes IS tried to cover their activities by setting fires and producing vast clouds of smoke.

North of Manbij, IS tried another attack on SDF liberated villages west of Dadat along the frontline formed by the Sajur River but were repelled. In the clash an IS vehicle fitted with a 23mm heavy machine gun was destroyed, plus another cannon, the occupants of the vehicle fleeing.

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Even though the fighting is only intensifying as it nears the city center due to heavy use of IEDs, mines, and suicide bombers by ISIS militants, ISIS’s command structure and forces are gradually getting destroyed.

 

Source: Petercliffordonline.com

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Da Gargantuan
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@Gjoene whats not to love

Daeshbags Sux
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Yes, good way to cut pockets then gradually reduce them. Although I consider it would have been a much better strategy to keep Manbij besieged without trying to take the city but push to besiege al-Bab and connect with SAA around Aran then search to connect with Afrin Kurdistan around Tall Rifat, the county side of north-east would be cleansed in a pincher movement by the SDF and BTW, totally encircled because of SAA. Any supply from Turkey to Raqqa would be cutted, serious attrition of the so-called caliphate could so begin and the al-Bab and Manbij sieges may be… Read more »

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Yo, longtime fan. ISIS are an aside, the real problem is the Turkey backed rebels in the Azaz pocket. Once ISIS are gone, they’re going to be the major problem, how to deal with them with constant Turkish artillery/financial/military support? What they should do is take Manbij, go north and capture Jarabulus and THEN press west. Take them both on and ideally use that current Western air support/special forces to make Turkey think twice about intervening. Put the emphasis on taking the border, Al Rai to Azaz and then sweep south, and only then take Al Bab and clear ISIS… Read more »

moki
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these SDF will not ally with damascus

Chris Scurfield
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Fantastic news

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prince teutonic

SAA “Damascus” tactics…