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Manbij: YPG expels IS from the city

KurdWatch, August 18, 2016—On August 12, 2016, fighters for the Syrian Democratic Forces, dominated by the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG), were able to expel the Islamic State (IS) from the city of Manbij. The IS fighters abducted around two hundred civilians as they retreated, probably to use as human shields. They were released shortly thereafter. Earlier reports circulated in the media that the YPG assured the IS fighters they would pass through YPG controlled areas undisturbed if they left the city without a fight.  


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