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    Syrian Democratic Forces Seize Strategic Locations in Daesh-Held Manbij

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    The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of militias recaptured strategically important locations in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, according to the SDF's press service.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of militias has taken control of strategic locations in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, which is partially held by the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) jihadist group, the SDF's press service said in a statement Thursday.

    "Strategically important locations in Manbij have been taken under control. The IS militants' ring in the center of Manjib is shrinking," the statement reads.

    It was added in the statement that SDF militia forces have also liberated Al-Tall district of the city.

    In late May, SDF, backed by the US-led coalition, began an offensive to retake the Syrian city of Manbij from Daesh, which is banned in many countries, including Russia.


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