U.S. backed forces say seized full control of Manbij from Islamic State

by Reuters
Friday, 12 August 2016 20:44 GMT

BEIRUT, Aug 13 (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces have seized full control of northern city of Manbij near the Turkish border after the last remaining Islamic State fighters inside the city left, a spokesman for the group said on Friday.

Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) were now sweeping the city after the departure of a remaining group of militants who had been holed up in the city. They had freed over 2,000 civilian hostages who had been held by the militants, Sharfan Darwish of the SDF allied Manbij Military Council told Reuters.

"The city is now fully under our control but we are undertaking sweeping operations," he told Reuters.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; editing by Ralph Boulton)

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