Earlier today, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) imposed full control over the village of Qiratah after clashing with ISIS at the Manbij plains in the far northeastern Aleppo.
Furthermore, the SDF cleared a minor ISIS pocket at Qiratah village after a handful of jihadist snipers who were found hiding inside a tunnel.
In total, an estimated 50 villages have been captured by the SDF in the past week, thus serving a whopping loss of 400 square kilometers of territory for the Islamic State.
The SDF has been advancing on both banks of the Euphrates.
Coalition warplanes were said to have carried more than 20 airstrikes today as the SDF closes in on Manbij city, a major ISIS bastion.
Long-term, the loss of Manbij will severely hamper ISIS’ supply lines to Turkey.
Meanwhile, the SDF is currently attempting to build a corridor to Efrin, a Kurdish enclave some 75 kilometers to the west of Manbij.
The Syrian Democratic Forces was formed in October 2015 to combat ISIS and is mostly composed of Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Since its inception, the SDF has been heavily backed by the United States.