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2000 Hostages freed by Kurdish and Arab Fighters from Islamic State Stronghold

  • 2000 Hostages freed by Kurdish and Arab Fighters from Islamic State Stronghold

    Allied Kurdish and Arab fighters, leading US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have taken over North Syria’s Manjib, a stronghold of ISIS. Over 2,000 hostages (who were abducted by Daesh militants from Al-Sirb neighbourhood while fleeing from Aleppo due to heavy bombardment by Russian and Syrian jets) have been freed by the allied forces. The jihadists used hostages as human shields. Gordon Trowbridge, Pentagon deputy press secretary, said that “ISIL is clearly on the ropes” and “has lost the control of Manbij”. With SDF gaining grounds in Manjib, the allied forces have cut off ISIS’s supply route to the militant group’s de facto capital of its ‘Islamic caliphate’ - Raqqa.