MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The liberation of Manbij was announced by the Pentagon on Saturday, with militants alleged to have tried fleeing the city and mixing with civilians.
"Manbij’s liberation is a significant development in the fight against Daesh in Syria. The RAF [UK Royal Air Force] supported the liberation with airstrikes over recent weeks, alongside our Coalition partners," Penning said as quoted in the press release.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups. Daesh, which is outlawed in many countries, including the United States and Russia, took over parts of the country in 2014. The US-led coalition has been conducting anti-DAesh airstrikes in Syria and Iraq since 2014. The SDF was formed in 2015 and includes the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).