The U.S. backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) are currently deadlocked at the imperative town of Menbeij in northeast Aleppo after both groups attempted to advance these past few days.

On Wednesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces reportedly repelled a major assault by the Islamic State terrorists at the outskirts of Mankoubah, despite the latter’s repeated attempts to break-through the rebel front-lines.

Meanwhile inside Menbeij, the Syrian Democratic Forces attempted to advance towards the town’s cemetery; however, they were forestalled by the Islamic State terrorists before they could reach their intended destination.

With the lack of movement on the ground, both groups are now involved in a stalemate at Menbeij, leaving the town split between the Islamic State units and the Syrian Democratic Forces.

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caribou
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caribou

a siege is not a “deadlock”. Taking time saves civilian lives.

Slavomir
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Slavomir

I think, it is the main reason why the SAA Raqqa offensive was cancelled. It is clear, that SDF can not leave the Manbij and go to fight to Raqqa. Raqqa is not primary object of SAA and SDF bluffed in fact, that SDF wants to capture Raqqa. ISIS is deadlocked in Manbij too, so SAA can make progress in northern Allepo and east Ghouta.

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Daeshbags Sux

Seems that USS Eisenhower’s chief of air ops is less efficient than his colleague from USS Trumann… well, if he sends a Hornet with only two Mk-81 113kg bombs and a Super-Hornet with only 4 *Mk-82 227kg bombs although the Hornet with 3*1200L tanks can carry 24*Mk-81 and the Super-Hornet with a 1200L tank can carry 24*Mk-82+6*AGM-114 Hellfire, don’t be surprised if things are stalling… And, BTW, would I be the SDF boss, I’d ask for 4 AC-130 Spectre, so two could be permanently loitering over in 12 hours shifts : one over Manbij to respond in seconds to CAS… Read more »