Syrian Commander: Syria’s Manbij Fully Liberated From Daesh Jihadists

Children flash victory signs as they play in Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 9, 2016

 

Ahmet İbrahim, one of the commanders of the units of Manbij Military Council has told Sputnik that the city of Manbij in the Aleppo Governorate has been fully liberated from the Daesh jihadists.

The operation on the liberation of the city from the Daesh militants, which lasted for 73 days, has been completed with the full retaking of the settlement after the rebels were kicked out from the district of El Sirip.

On Friday morning, the units of the Manbij Military Council launched an operation to liberate the last district of the city remaining under Daesh control.

The violent clashes resulted in the full control by the Manbij Military Council of the city,

Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) female fighters embrace each other in the city of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 10, 2016
© REUTERS/ Rodi Said
Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) female fighters embrace each other in the city of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 10, 2016

Ahmet İbrahim, one of the commanders of the units of Manbij Military Council has told Sputnik that the strategically important city of Manbij in the Aleppo Governorate has been fully liberated from the Daesh jihadists.

He added that the military are now searching the city for mines set by the militants and deactivating them.

The representatives of the Manbij Military Council also told Sputnik that during the operation 283 Manbij Military Council fighters were killed and many injured.Around 3,000 Daesh militants were eliminated.

Manbij, with a population of about 80,000 people, was captured by Daesh in 2014.

The city has an important strategic location: it lies 85 km to the south of Aleppo, 40 km to the north of Jarabulus and 65 km to the east of Kobani.

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